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Surrey to deliver affordable homes for older people

Words: Laura Edgar

Surrey County Council has outlined plans to create up to 725 affordable homes designed to help older people live independently within 10 years.

The provision of supported housing will also be expanded for people with learning disabilities or autism, enabling them to exercise choice and control over their daily lives.

Homes will be self-contained units designed to help vulnerable people to live independently with care and support on hand.

Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for adults and public health, said: “Our plans will enable residents to enjoy the benefits of independence and privacy in a home of their own, with their own front door. They will also be able to enjoy living in a vibrant and active community, often with facilities such as cafés and hairdressers, safe in the knowledge that care and support are close at hand.

“These schemes will provide a ‘home for life’ for people whose disabilities, frailty, vulnerability or health needs mean that ordinary housing won’t let them remain independent but who don’t need to move to residential care.

“This ambitious programme will give our residents choices and ambitions while also making our budgets stretch further. We intend to continue working closely with Surrey’s district and borough councils as we further develop our plans.”

Several approaches are being considered to provide the new homes, including the county council freeing up sites on its own land and striking deals with providers for units in private specialist developments.

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