RESIDENTS have moved into a new housing development in Calderdale that is designed to help people with learning disabilities to live independently.
The recently completed scheme in Sowerby Bridge was delivered by the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership (CTHIP).
The partnership is currently also building a further new housing scheme in the town, this one to provide “affordable” homes for local families. Between them, the two developments will bring 35 new homes to the area.
Situated on Industrial Road, the seven flats for adults with learning disabilities were each adapted to meet specific housing requirements. All the residents also have access to support in their new homes when needed.
The Partnership, made up of Calderdale Council and Together Housing Group, aims to deliver up to 650 affordable homes for rent and ownership by 2024 – almost two thirds of the overall target of 1000 affordable homes over the next five years.
In nearby Rooley Heights, the partnership – which is made up of Calderdale Council and Together Housing Group (THG) – is building 28 family homes for “affordable” rent and it expects these will be finished early next year.
The scheme consists of a mix of 12 two-bed and 14 three-bed homes, as well as two specially designed bungalows – one of which will meet the specific needs of a family that has applied to the council for the Disabled Facilities Grant to fund adaptations.
“Delivering these social housing units is one of the key ambitions in our first 100 days programme,” said Councillor Jane Scullion, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources. “We are committed to supporting house building across Calderdale, bringing more good-quality, affordable homes to local communities and giving people more choice. This helps to cement Calderdale’s place on the map as a great place to live, work and visit.”
Councillor Bob Metcalfe, cabinet member for adults’ services and wellbeing, added: “We’re delighted that families have now moved into the new homes at Industrial Road, and that the Rooley Heights scheme is well underway. Thanks to adapted facilities in some of the homes, local people will be able to maintain their independence at the heart of the community, with a range of support available if they need it.”
Sue Lewis, THG’s head of supported housing, said: “These new apartments at Industrial Road, along with the specially adapted bungalows at Rooley Heights, are empowering people with disabilities to live independently, while easing pressure on the social care sector.
“Not only are we enabling people with disabilities to feel part of their community, but we are giving them the chance to develop vital life skills.”