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New homes for adults with learning disabilities topped out

The construction of new homes in Portsmouth to accommodate 28 adults with learning disabilities has reached its highest point, with the supported living flats expected to open next year.

The development will consist of five four-bed flats with 24/7 support and eight single flats with visiting support.

The accommodation, being developed by Portsmouth City Council, will be named after Ex-Lord Mayor Jim Patey in honour of his service to the Paulsgrove ward and Portsmouth as a whole.

The £6.6m project is part of the council’s programme to build more good quality, accessible accommodation that allows people to live independently but with access to support if they need it.

The Council will make the accommodation more sustainable by installing triple glazed windows, a ground source heat pump and solar panels.

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Cllr Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing and preventing homelessness, said: ‘It’s so exciting to see another of our new housing projects begin to take shape. I’m particularly pleased as the UK hosts COP26 this week, that Portsmouth is playing its part locally with climate action by aiming for the best sustainability in all our building projects. It was great to have Jim Patey with us as we got a first look at the building that has been named in his honour – a tribute to his ongoing dedication to the residents of Paulsgrove and the city.’

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for health, wellbeing and social care, added: ‘We’re committed to supporting citizens to access a wide range of good quality, accessible accommodation that enables personalised care and support – and Patey Court is a big part of that. It’s great to see it coming to fruition and brilliant to be joined by some of those who will be living here when it opens. I can’t wait to see the finished result next year.’

In related news, an additional £150m has been announced by the deputy minister for climate change to retrofit social homes with new technologies and insulation in order to help cut Wales’ emissions.

Photo supplied by Portsmouth City Council

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