AN adult health and social care charity has broken ground on a £1.5 million supported housing scheme near Colne, near Burnley in Lancashire.
Making Space’s Bright Street development will see 10 purpose-built bungalows delivered. The one-bedroom homes will be constructed alongside the flagship supported housing scheme Limes Place, which Making Space launched in April this year.
The £1.6 million development, on neighbouring Argyle Street, provides 11 apartments with a communal area and landscaped gardens. It was built in partnership with Homelife and Inclusion Housing and was rated ‘good’ in all areas by social care watchdog the CQC this August.
Experienced staff from Limes Place will provide 24-hour background support to tenants of the new bungalows.
The Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Ken Hartley was invited to break the ground at the development site and was joined by Susanne Horsley, service manager, Limes Place, Paula Spence, performance and quality manager, Making Space, and Gemma Shepherd, director of development, Making Space.
“Having your own place is very important for someone who has an active mind,” said Councillor Hartley, after being helped to dig the first spadeful of earth. “I’m 75 now and I live in sheltered accommodation. This kind of project encourages a more independent style of living for those aged bodies like me, as well of course as younger people who have support needs.
“I still try and stay active despite COPD (chronic lung disease) and legs that don’t often work.
“If I had a blank sheet of paper and was asked to design my ideal sheltered accommodation, this is what I would come up with. Having a spot to park my car so I could get out and about to see beautiful countryside and visit friends, and having a garden on my doorstep would be fantastic.
“This is a magnificent development and I look forward to seeing it completed.”
Making Space says tenancies will be offered to single people and couples who have assessed care needs, including people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions or physical disabilities as well as older people.
Each bungalow has one bedroom, a fully fitted kitchen and a modern, accessible wetroom. The 10 homes also feature private gardens with levelled access for wheelchair users and street parking. A communal car park provides additional spaces for visitors.
“Making Space develops homes which truly meet the needs of the people we support,” said Rachel Peacock, Making Space’s chief executive. “Our starting point is always how we can enable people to live as fully and independently as possible.
“When it comes to supported living, you need to get the whole package right: it’s about providing both a safe, accessible and comfortable place to live alongside the right level of professional – but totally personable support.
“Our first Colne development Limes Place has achieved this and was quickly recognised by the social care regulator for its high standards. Bright Street will bring the same quality ethos to a second wave of supported living accommodation.”
The bungalows have an expected completion date of May 2020.
Main Image: (Left to right): Susanne Horsley, service manager; Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Ken Hartley; Paula Spence, performance and quality manager, Making Space; Gemma Shepherd, director of development, Making Space