A Lancashire street has welcomed its first new residents in over a decade after being given over to new build supported housing.
The health and social care charity Making Space has led the construction of the new homes on Bright Street in Colne, Pendle, which will be operated in partnership with local housing association Calico Homes.
The 10 one-bed bungalows will provide supported living for single people and couples who have assessed care needs. These include people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions or physical disabilities, as well as older people.
Bright Street had been devoid of residents since 2009 when two blocks of empty terraced housing were demolished as part of a nearby regeneration scheme.
Rachel Peacock, CEO of Making Space, said: “Bright Street is not only a first for our new tenants, it’s a first for us too. This is the first time we have developed a whole street into a supported housing project.
“Making Space develops quality homes that are designed from the bottom up to meet the needs of the people we support. Whether a new build, or a conversion, the starting point is always the same: how we can enable people to live as fully and independently as possible.
“Our first Colne development, Limes Place, was quickly recognised by the social care regulator for its high standards. Bright Street will now bring the same quality ethos to a further 10 first-class supported living homes.”
Bright Street is one of very few developments in the country that have seen an entire road given over to new build supported housing.
Residents at the 10 new homes will receive 24-hour support from staff at Making Space’s nearby supported housing scheme Limes Place, which launched in December 2018.
Each bungalow in the £1.5m scheme has a fully-fitted kitchen and an accessible wetroom. The 10 homes also feature private gardens and street parking, while a communal car park provides additional spaces for visitors.
In October 2019, Cllr Ken Hartley, the mayor of Pendle, attended an event to break the ground at the development site. He said at the time: “If I had a blank sheet of paper and was asked to design my ideal sheltered accommodation, this is what I would come up with.”
Bradley, one of the first new tenants on Bright Street, said: “I wanted to move to Colne and knowing that there would be people around to support me was really important.
“It’s exciting to be the first person to move in and I am looking forward to being part of a community with my new neighbours.”