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Plans for learning disability support move forward

County Hall

Plans for a new £3.7m adult social care facility in Coalville have moved a step forward after the development was approved by cabinet last month.

Plans have been drawn up to build supported living properties for up to 16 adults with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible, as well as a six-bed short breaks building, which will provide overnight short breaks for adults with learning disabilities.

The plans, which have to be submitted for planning approval, will see the existing short breaks service at Smith Crescent close and be replaced by the new purpose-built facility, which would be built on the Hamilton Court/Smith Crescent site.

We are currently working with three people who currently live on the site, their families and advocates to find suitable accommodation. This includes a dedicated social worker who is working closely with them to identify and explore potential properties and financial support for all moving expenses. 

Two people have already been helped to move into a new home and no works will go ahead until the remaining individuals have found accommodation and have been assisted with their moves.

We are committed to providing the best care that we can across the county, and the new service will improve the lives of those who need it.

“However, before we start works on the scheme, we need to identify suitable accommodation for the three people currently living on the site and we are working closely with them to ensure this will happen and that they still receive the support that continues to meet their needs.

The plans will also see suitable space used on the site to provide the council’s Community Life Choices (CLC) service, which is currently provided at the Coalville Community Resource Centre. 

CLC services, formally known as day services, are used by people who have social care needs. Individuals are supported during the day to access community facilities, with a key focus on enabling and improving life skills and supporting access to employment and volunteering opportunities.

Work could start on site as early as November 2019, subject to necessary approvals, with an estimated completion date of summer 2021.

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