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IN PICTURES: Artist impressions of new homes for people with autism

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Artist impressions of planned new homes for people with autism and complex conditions have been unveiled.

Surrey County Council has released images of how the accommodation for 10 young adults at Alfold, near Cranleigh, could look.

It comes after plans were signed off by the Cabinet to tear down the current buildings at Lindon Farm and replace them with seven flats and an activity centre, incorporating features designed to create a calm, nurturing environment.

Not only will it mean care will be provided closer to family and friends, it could also potentially save almost £420,000 annually on the cost of specialist support outside Surrey once the flats are fully occupied.

The county council will now discuss the homes in more detail with Waverley Borough Council to build on preliminary talks before submitting a full planning application.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few (pictured) said: “These new flats will provide the best possible care for the people with the greatest need.

“Not only will this be close to their loved ones in Surrey, it will mean considerable savings on the cost of care outside the county at a time when our budgets are under severe strain from rising demand for services.”

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