Residents move into new, purpose-built facility in Kirklees

A new development that caters for people with physical disabilities has officially opened in Mirfield.

Monday, 5th December 2016, 11:26 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:29 pm

The scheme, which is the first of its kind to open in Kirklees, has seen six one-bedroom, purpose-built bungalows built at Knowl Grove.

The homes are the result of a partnership between Kirklees Council and Connect Housing and have been funded through the government’s CASSH (Care and Specialist Supported Housing) scheme.

The bungalows benefit from far-reaching views across the valley and each bungalow has allocated parking, with around the clock care provided by community-based charity United Response.

Kirklees Councillor Vic Kendrick, Cabinet Member for Adults, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to provide this high quality accommodation for the people of Kirklees.

“A physical disability should not be a barrier to finding a safe and comfortable place to live.

“These homes will make people’s lives easier and encourage them to live independently for as long as possible.”

One of the new residents is Nicola Cornally, 32, who says her new home has given her the opportunity to be independent whilst still knowing that help is on hand when she needs it.

“When I first moved in my parents were ringing me all the time to check if I was OK, it was a big change for them not having me around,” she said.

“Knowing that they don’t need to worry about me is a real weight off their mind.”