A FAMILY-RUN business which took over a former bed-and-breakfast, has transformed it into ‘much-needed’ bungalow-style accomodation for adults with learning disabilities.
DE Healthcare, who will manage the new accommodation at Ro-An-Moor in Stafford Road, will provide a basic support package for nine adults with learning disabilities at the former bed and breakfast.
Each bungalow is offered fully equipped with shared living areas such as a kitchen, utility room and dining room.
Each tenant will have their own spacious bedroom, all with en-suite facilities.
Tracey Fletcher, managing director for DE Healthcare said: “We are a small family run business providing health and social care services in the Staffordshire area and we currently have three properties in Uttoxeter that provide support and accommodation solutions for adults with learning disabilities.
“The bed and breakfast has been turned into two bungalows providing supported living for adults with learning disabilities.
“There is currently a shortage of suitable accommodation for people with learning disabilities in the area therefore we are providing a much needed service.
“With the opening of the services we are also able to create a number of new job opportunities for local people.
“The properties are manned 24 hours a day in order to provide a safe environment for the individuals living there.
“Given the above we feel that the new facilities are not detrimental to the local community, but in reality will be supplying an excellent and much needed service for those that need it, and in more than seven years of operating similar services in the area we have never had any issues or concerns from the local community or the neighbours where such services are located.”
Concerns raised by neighbouring residents during the planning application process for the facility included the speed limit of the Stafford Road, potential loss of value to surrounding homes and the fact that there are already a number of care homes on the Stafford Road.
However, borough council planning chiefs have advised residents to contact the county council regarding speed limits.
The report stated: “A neighbouring response was that the speed limit of the Stafford Road should be decreased to 30mph to allow for safer crossing of the road.
“Another concern was that there may be loss of value to neighbouring properties and difficulty selling properties.”
The planning officer’s report said: “The building can support the new use, without the need to extend the building and detriment the street-scene.
“The proposal will not have a detrimental impact upon the occupiers of nearby properties.
“The property is currently in use as a bed and breakfast business, and it is not considered that the proposal will detrimentally alter the number of trips to and from the property significantly.
“It is not considered that the proposed use would result in unacceptable disturbance or noise given the residential use.
“The issues raised with regard to the speed limit on the Stafford Road cannot be controlled through this proposal and any comments or concerns should be forwarded to the Highway Authority at Staffordshire County Council for review.”
Further information about the new accommodation can be found online at www.dehealthcare.co.uk