New Homes For Vulnerable Local People

Two new supported housing schemes on their way

Melody Road in Wandsworth is to be home to one of two new supported housing schemes being built by the Council for local residents with learning and physical disabilities.

The other new scheme is Stag Lane, Roehampton.

The new housing in Melody Road will consist of nine one bed apartments for people with learning and some physical disabilities. The scheme is to be built on the car park of one of Wandsworth's local authority estates. Residents of the estate of been consulted with and made aware of the proposed scheme, with the aim of creating a harmonious local community.

The proposed development site currently forms part of the car park of the estate, which comprises both rented and leasehold flats.

New Homes For Vulnerable Local People in Wandsworth SW18
Above: the proposed scheme in Melody Road

The new housing development on Stag Lane, Roehampton will provide ten self-contained homes respectively, staffed 24 hours a day. Another eleven flats will be council homes for estate residents who wish to downsize, which will free up homes for other households in need.

A specialist provider of care and support services is being sought by the Wandsworth Council for the two new schemes according to a report going before Wandsworth Council's Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and to the Executive on September 12th and 18th.

The schemes are thought to be among the only supported living schemes being built in London by a council, and are expected to be completed from late 2018.

Cllr Paul Ellis, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said, “I’m proud to say that Wandsworth is one of only a few authorities that builds its own supported housing for vulnerable residents.

“Supported housing not only enables residents to live more independently, it also relieves pressure on the NHS, and other councils should certainly follow suit.”

The Council’s supported housing programme, running since 2009 in Wandsworth, has seen four such developments built so far, helping to promote independent living for vulnerable residents providing local alternatives to placements in residential care facilities that may be outside the borough.

September 10, 2017