A Lichfield councillor has hailed plans for 24 new homes for people with learning disabilities in the city.

Under the proposals discussed by Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet, the one-bedroomed apartments would be built on the former Scotch Orchard and Hawthorn House.

Progress Housing Group, who will run the properties after buying the land from the council, say the apartments will help tenants live independently but also access support when needed.

Alan White

County Councillor Alan White, cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said the development would be a welcome addition to Lichfield.

“It is hugely important that we recognise the aspirations of people with learning disabilities and support them to live as independently as they want to, for as long as possible.

“To help people access the support they need to live happy, fulfilling and independent lives for as long as possible, we have made bold changes to our approach. We’ve moved away from ‘fitting’ people into what is already available and instead are offering more tailored, flexible and personal care to valued members of our community.”

The development will be phased to allow half of the existing residents of Hawthorn House to move directly into the new accommodation at Scotch Orchard. Others will remain until a second building phase is completed on the Hawthorn House site.

“These latest proposals will enable those with learning disabilities to live independently, but will also give them access to support as and when they need it,” said Cllr White. “It will also offer them choice and flexibility, enabling them to live the way they choose to in a caring and supportive environment, and to be a more integrated part of the wider community.”

As well as apartments, some much-needed affordable housing will also be built on both sites.


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One reply on “Councillor hails housing plan for people with learning disabilities”

  1. Good PR for both district and county councils from Alan White. The reality is slightly different. This is a zero net gain for people with learning difficulties as they simply replace the outmoded residential provision the county used to provide. They are welcome, but don’t solve the underlying problem. The fact is that Lichfield has a dearth of supported living accommodation, whereas neighbouring Cannock and Tamworth have a progressive provision. Another example of spin over substance.

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