A new block of supported homes for adults with additional needs will be built next year. Irwell Valley Homes has been given planning permission to build 13 self-contained apartments in Willow Street, Bury, for adults with physical or sensory disabilities, learning disabilities and autism.

The affordable homes, which include allotments for those living there, will allow residents to live independently, with 24-hour support. This type of accommodation currently in extremely high demand in the borough.

Irwell Valley Homes said the scheme will complement and extend the provision of neighbouring Queensberry Place, which has a long-standing record of supporting people with additional needs to live independently over the last 20 years.

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Sasha Deepwell, chief executive of Irwell Valley Homes, said: “I’m delighted this development has been given the go-ahead and excited at the prospect of developing new homes which have the potential to transform lives in the same way Queensberry Place has over the last two decades. “Irwell Valley Homes celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

“Over the last half a century lots of things have changed, but our core purpose remains the same – to enable people to live well in their home and community. “From our very early days, we have remained committed to delivering supported housing which empowers people to be independent and achieve their potential.

“We know the life-changing difference supported housing makes, ensuring everyone can live their best life in their community, and we are pleased to be moving forward with these plans in our milestone year.”

Coun Clare Cummins, cabinet member for housing services at Bury Council, said: “We are always delighted to work in partnership to create the housing we need for residents in our borough. “This is another excellent project that we can’t wait to see finished, and it’s in line with our ‘brownfield first’ policy.”

The plans, which have been co-designed with Bury Council and social care commissioners, include a communal lounge and outdoor space with an allotment to enhance the biodiversity of the area. The scheme has been designed to be inward facing to reduce the impact on nearby residents and car parking will be provided at the existing Queensberry Place.

Irwell Valley Homes hopes to start work on site in spring 2024.