Up to 725 affordable homes specially designed to help older people live independently will be provided within 10 years under plans outlined by Surrey County Council.
The plans will also involve expanding the provision of supported housing for people with learning disabilities or autism to help them exercise choice and control over their daily lives.
The new housing schemes will comprise self-contained homes and are designed to enable vulnerable people to live independently knowing that care and support are on hand.
Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “Our plans will enable residents to enjoy the benefits of independence and privacy in a home of their own, with their own front door. They will also be able to enjoy living in a vibrant and active community, often with facilities such as cafes and hairdressers, safe in the knowledge that care and support are close at hand.
“These schemes will provide a ‘home for life’ for people whose disabilities, frailty, vulnerability or health needs mean that ordinary housing won’t let them remain independent but who don’t need to move to residential care.
“This ambitious programme will give our residents choices and ambitions while also making our budgets stretch further. We intend to continue working closely with Surrey’s district and borough councils as we further develop our plans.”
For older people, more extra care housing – homes with support staff on hand – will be created across Surrey. For people with learning disabilities or autism, provision of independent living schemes will be expanded. These give people support for their individual needs such as help with daily life skills.
A mix of approaches is being considered for providing the new homes, including the county council freeing up sites on its own land and striking deals with providers for units in private specialist developments. More information about the plans, which were approved by the county council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 16 July, can be found here (item 16).
Watch Mrs Mooney outline the plans to the Cabinet meeting.