Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “These plans form part of an investment by Hampshire County Council of up to £35 million to build fit-for-purpose accommodation for people with disabilities across the county, many of whom tell us they want to live as independently as possible, rather than in traditional residential care. This type of accommodation will support them to do this, but with the added assurance of care and support available on site 24/7.
“The development of the JDM site into ‘Supported Living’ accommodation will help the residents to play an active part in their local community, while they receive support and help with any activities that are required to live an ordinary a life as possible.”
Each flat will have a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. Communal spaces on the ground and first floor will be at the heart of the building where residents can socialise together and attend organised activities. In both communal spaces, a fully fitted kitchen will be provided for catering.
The development is expected to be completed by late Spring 2019.
The former John Darling Mall site housed respite accommodation for adults with disabilities. Following a public consultation, the outdated building was closed and clients found alternative support that met their needs.
Watch this #ServingHampshire video to get a flavour of ‘Supported Living’ and who benefits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME8G6pPNBNQ