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Work on new homes for people with autism begins

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Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman.

Sally Marks marked the start of the building work of the accommodation for 10 young adults at Alfold, near Cranleigh during a ‘turf-cutting’ ceremony.

The work, which was signed off by Cabinet, sees the current buildings at Lindon Farm demolished and replaced by 10 flats and an activity centre, incorporating features designed to create a calm, nurturing environment, while two bedrooms for support staff to provide overnight care will also be built.

Surrey chairman Sally Marks (second from left) with Cabinet Member for Business Services Denise Le Gal (second from right) and Guildford MP Anne Milton (Centre)

The plans, which received planning permission in January, will not only mean care will be provided closer to family and friends but also have the potential to save almost £420,000 a year on the cost of specialist support outside Surrey once the flats are fully occupied, with residents expected to able to move into their new homes in summer 2018.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few said: “These new flats will provide the best possible care for the people with high support needs and will give them the chance to move back to Surrey and closer to their families.

“Not only will this help meet the growing need for this type of support and accommodation, 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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