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How an association has developed an innovative supportive housing scheme (with assistive technology to promote independent living) and have taken an opportunity to land bank an adjacent site to deliver additional general needs housing.

Progress Housing Group, North West

Hoyle House, Blackpool: an innovative bespoke housing scheme for people with a learning disability and/or Autism, funded from the Housing and Technology Capital Fund
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What we did

Working in partnership with Blackpool Council and using grant funding secured from the Department of Health (DoH) under the Housing and Technology Capital Fund, Progress are developing a much-needed supported living scheme of six self-contained flats for people with a learning disability and/or Autism. Hoyle House will be one of the first schemes delivered in the North West using grant from this fun d.

How we did it

In November 2016, it was announced by the DoH that a joint bid submission by Progress and the Council had been successful and an allocation of £645,000 would be made towards the delivery of this. After difficulties with several potential sites, the Hoyle House site was identified as the most suitable and also offered potential for further development.

Progress recognised that there was potential to further develop this large site and negotiated the purchase of the land from Blackpool Council to develop the supported living scheme and land bank the remainder of the site for a Phase 2 housing development of 9 houses and 2 bungalows for affordable rent.

In doing so, Progress ensured that the funding agreement with the Department of Health was not put in jeopardy by any significant delays to the project.

The impact we’ll have

  • A scheme of six self-contained flats, equipped to a high specification and designed to meet the needs of a client group who can experience sensory sensitivities
  • An innovative development which uses assistive technology used to enhance the daily lives of tenants and promote independent living skills to enable greater independence
  • A model of how assistive technology can reduce the requirement for intensive support, and therefore reduce staffing and costs

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