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Cabinet Members outside the new property

Portsmouth City Council Cabinet Members were shown around an exciting new supported housing scheme this week, as the newly repurposed building in Moorings Way, Milton, opened its doors for a sneak peek before new residents arrive.

The existing building on the site was no longer fit for purpose, so the authority have developed the building into a slick and modern facility creating 8 new properties which will provide accommodation for 22 adults with learning disabilities.

The newly modernised interiors provide a calm, comfortable and spacious environment, with the latest facilities and en-suite bathrooms, providing each person who lives there with their own private space.

The project has taken 2 years to complete, with both internal and external works taking place, and come in at a total cost of £2.4M.

The Department of Health via a successful bid to the Care & Specialist Supported Housing Fund contributed £1.21m to the project, whilst the remaining funds were met thanks to a Capital Funding Bid.

Savings to Adult Social Care are estimated at around £250k per year, making the scheme beneficial to both those who will call it home, as well as the local tax payer.

Solar photovoltaic panels have been fitted upon the roof of the building which will not only power the facility but also generate extra income back to the city.

The scheme has been a real team effort from multiple services from across the authority, including Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services, Design, Landscape & the council's Energy team.

Councillor for the area, and Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services, Cllr Darren Sanders said "As a local councillor, it's been fascinating to watch the development progress and great finally to see it from the inside. Having examined housing adults with learning difficulties on the Scrutiny Panel I used to Chair, I know how important it is to provide high-quality accommodation that puts the needs of those living there, first. This scheme, plus the excellent new accommodation on Eastern Road and elsewhere, show that is happening."

Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Social Care, Cllr Matthew Winnington said "Providing the right facilities to those with learning difficulties is crucial, but finding suitable accommodation for people with bespoke needs can also prove incredibly difficult. I'm incredibly proud of the efforts of the council staff, and of the authority as a whole that we will be able to offer accommodation of this quality, and I look forward to seeing the building's new residents move in and make this place into their home."

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