HOMES England has granted over £1.7 million to Wigan Council for the construction of new homes intended for adults with autism.
Hyndelle Lodge, in Hindley, will have 33 homes specially designed to suit the needs of residents and help them to live independently. It will be built on the site of a former day centre.
With the funding of £1.725 million from Homes England, the council says it can now get the project underway. The rest of the funding comes through the council’s capital programme and was approved at cabinet last month.
There will be 12 apartments for residents with autism or learning disabilities, and 14 apartments for adults with lower level learning disabilities. There are also six bungalows for elderly residents and one specialist family bungalow.
“Ultimately having the right home which meets your needs means people can live longer, happier and healthier lives,” said Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare.
“We have seen brilliant specialist housing schemes recently completed at Mayfield and Little Lane and the residents there are happy and are getting the support they need to live independently but with a community around them. We are committed to providing the right homes for our residents.”
The Hyndelle Lodge scheme forms part of the council’s approach to create specialised housing for residents to meet their health needs. Earlier this year, the council opened Mayfield House in Orrell – the first housing development of its kind in the borough for residents with autism.
Residents are supported by staff who are available 24 hours a day.
Carl Moore, head of home ownership and supply, at Homes England said: “It is wonderful to be working in partnership with Wigan Council to create this new development of 33 bespoke homes which meet the HAPPI standard, being specially designed to meet the needs of a range of people requiring differing levels of support.
“This is an excellent example of Homes England helping communities and providing affordable housing using £1.725m from the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme. We look forward to continuing our work with the council to deliver more affordable homes in the future.”