PEOPLE with learning disabilities in Shipston can now have more independence with the launch of a £1.25 million supported housing scheme.

Flats at Rosedale, Stratford Road, are now available offering people with learning disabilities independent living, but in a supported environment.

The scheme opens on Monday and will provide 10 brand new affordable flats, which benefit from on-site support from Heart of England Mencap.

The new housing is a partnership between Heart of England Mencap, the housing provider Orbit Heart of England, its development arm, Orbit Homes, and Stratford District Council with funding from the Home and Communities Agency.

Work started last August to replace two houses – which were no longer fit for purpose - with the new flats.

Helena Wallis, Chief Executive at Heart of England Mencap, said Rosedale marks a new era in supported living in south Warwickshire

“There is a move away from residential care homes towards independent living accommodation, in a supported environment, which takes into account the changing needs of the existing and new residents requiring a home and providing the appropriate level of support,” she said.

“Rosedale is a wonderful new facility. It is eco-friendly and it has been specifically designed to integrate and merge with the local brick cottage style.

"Most importantly we are delighted by how positively our customers have responded to this exciting opportunity which will enable them to live independent lives with appropriate support for their needs.”

All flats have easy access on the ground or first floor and are ideal for those in transition from school or college or living with family but wanting to live more independently.

There are also communal areas, including a sitting room, conservatory and garden, where residents can get together to socialise.

A capsule will be buried on site on Friday, June 20 where residents will be joined by local schoolchildren and the Mayor.

Helen Petitdemange, Business Development Manager for Orbit Independent Living, added: "Rosedale is a great example of how partnership working can deliver positive and lasting changes for local people.”