Work has now started on a development in Carlton, Nottinghamshire, which will provide specialist accommodation for up to 12 people.

The new housing scheme is being developed to help people with profound learning difficulties, autism, and mental health issues enjoy a more independent life.

The bespoke supported living scheme will provide a mix of fully-adapted shared and self-contained accommodation over two floors. It will be for younger adults with learning disabilities who have never lived independently or people with mental health needs leaving hospital. All of the tenants will receive support from an on-site care provider to develop their independent living skills.

Councillor Scott Carlton, Vice-Chairman of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: "One of our priorities is to offer alternative accommodation in the community for people who are either leaving hospital or may be at risk of going into residential care. I am delighted that we can take this first step in the development, which will bring an important specialist service to the south of the county.

"Thank you to Progress Housing Group and everyone involved with the project for all your work so far, which has been made particularly challenging due to the pandemic. I look forward to seeing the completion of Briarbank Supported Living Scheme in September next year." 

Daniel Griffiths, Director of Development at Progress Housing Group, said: "The acquisition of this site was followed by construction delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so making this start on site is a significant step forward in delivering much-needed specialist accommodation in the area. 

"Not only will supported living accommodation help support independence for individuals with learning disabilities and mental health support needs, but it will also reduce the demand for institutional care. Progress Housing Group is delighted to work with Nottinghamshire County Council to achieve delivery of this project."