New homes for people with learning disabilities in East Oxford

A new housing development in East Oxford that will be constructed specifically for people with learning disabilities will be boosted by £275,000 of finance from Oxfordshire County Council.

The project to create seven new housing units at Brasenose Driftway near the city’s Eastern Bypass will be constructed by and managed by registered housing provider GreenSquare, at an overall cost of £1.1m.

The scheme will allow individuals the freedom to live and be supported in the community, to have their own tenancy and access to support staff on site.

Oxfordshire County Council sets aside capital funding each year to help with the construction of such schemes for older people and people with learning disabilities. In 2017/18 the overall budget is £1.2m. In return for the grant Oxfordshire County Council has 100% Nomination Rights.

Good track record

Kate Terroni, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Adult Social Care, said: “We have a good track record in Oxfordshire of creating such schemes, which support people to live in their own homes, have independence and play an active part in their local community. These services also provide alternatives to residential care, out of county placements and hospital provision.

GreenSquare own the site and have obtained detailed planning consent for the work and an existing property will be demolished to make way for the new development. The previous residents who lived there were assisted to move to other supported housing including new Extra Care Housing at Shotover.

Marita Ford, GreenSquare's Development Manager, said: "We are looking forward to working closely with Oxfordshire County Council and our contractors Savvy Construction, to deliver this modern and purpose-built development, and provide much-needed supported housing for local people."