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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Care home set to get go-ahead in Cumbria

A new residential home for adults with physical and learning disabilities is set to get the go-ahead.

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Scene: The site for the Mulbury Homes scheme in Wigton

The Mulbury Homes scheme involves demolishing the former Huntington’s Garage site at South End, Wigton, and replacing it with a new centre.

Members of Allerdale Council’s development panel are being recommended to approve the project, which would create 33 units for people aged over 55, and those with disabilities or sensory impairment.

Cumbria County Council is backing the project. It states in a letter to Allerdale Council: “The development will provide much-needed, well-designed accessible housing for people who wish to live as independently as possible, and is aimed primarily at older people over the age of 55, but also adults with a disability and those living with long-term conditions. The proposed development will allow for people with learning disabilities to aspire to their own property, to live lives as members of a community, and avoid issues caused by incompatibility thereby leading to great stability of tenancies.”

The application was originally submitted nearly a year ago. Initially it included 46 rooms but this has been reduced to 33, with nine further units for adults with learning disabilities.

The building will be the biggest residential premises in the town, and Mulbury Homes said that it has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of the community.

It has been agreed that only people over 55 would be able to use the facility.

The application will be considered by councillors next month.

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