Housing at Hanwell Fields for adults with learning difficulties is given planning permission

CDC councillor for planning, Colin Clarke has welcomed new housing for adults with learning difficulties ENGNNL00120131004094616
CDC councillor for planning, Colin Clarke has welcomed new housing for adults with learning difficulties ENGNNL00120131004094616

Housing for adults with learning difficulties in Banbury has been given the go-ahead by Cherwell District Council.

The council’s planning committee gave permission on Thursday for an application to build six specialised one-bedroom flats and a further unit providing staff and communal accommodation, on the north side of Hanwell Fields.

The supported housing scheme will cater specifically for those suffering from autistic spectrum condition and other learning disabilities.

Councillor for planning at CDC, Colin Clarke, said: “I am proud to be backing a development that provides much-needed specialised housing for vulnerable members of our community.

“Most adults with learning difficulties and autistic tendencies also manifest additional physical or sensory disabilities.

“The special facilities available to the residents of these six flats will enable them to live more independent and fulfilling lives.”

The scheme also promotes residents’ safety and mobility, with a secured courtyard area, shared landscaped garden and onsite parking.

Mr Clarke added: “The units have been designed not only with the residents’ security and independence in mind, but with a real concern for their mental health and quality of life.

“This is why the housing units themselves are complemented by shared landscaped garden areas.”

In line with the Cherwell Local Plan, the homes will be designed with traditional architectural details, reflective of the Hanwell style.

The single-storey buildings will occupy a small parcel of land which has been allocated for a larger development of 544 homes.