Plans for more housing for disabled people in Rugby

Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire County Council

People with disabilities in Rugby will be able to live more independently thanks to new accommodation being built in the town.

Warwickshire County Council has agreed to sell land in Lower Hillmorton Road to a provider of specialist housing suitable for adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or sensory impairments. Companies will bid to run the new housing.

Specialised housing provides more choice and independence for those with disabilities. By providing appropriate accommodation it helps people to remain in their own homes for as longer.

Cllr Jose Compton, the county councillor with special responsibility for adult social care, said: “This is a fantastic project to give people with a disability the opportunity to live independently and safely in their own homes and in their local community.”

Fellow county councillor Jerry Roodhouse said: “I am pleased that a scheme like this has moved a step closer to being built. Rugby has a shortage of housing and schemes, which are crucial in making sure that we have enough appropriate types of housing to meet the needs of our residents.”

According to the county council, there are 138 people with learning disabilities living in Rugby borough, with a further 42 living in residential care. There are 66 people currently living outside the county and 81 living in residential care who may wish to move back to Warwickshire, particularly Rugby borough.

There are also 222 people with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairment living in the borough, and a further nine living in residential care.

The accommodation will be built on the site of the former Newton and Faraday Halls. No timescale of the development has yet been set.