18th March 2019

New specialist flats for young people with learning disabilities on track for Poole

Councillor Karen Rampton was joined by reps from Advance Housing & Support, Poole Housing Partnership, CG Fry & Son and the Borough of Poole to mark the near completion of Woodlark House.

Up to nine young people with complex needs are set to benefit from a new purpose-built block of accessible flats in Poole.
The accommodation block, named Woodlark House, is due to be complete in May 2019 and has been delivered by the Council together with Poole Housing Partnership.
Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Borough of Poole, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to see Woodlark House nearing completion. We are proud to be able to provide much needed specialist accommodation for local young people with complex needs. The young people will be fully supported with trained staff on hand to support them with their social and life skills as they move in to adulthood.”
Woodlark House contains six spacious flats to accommodate up to nine young people, aged 16 – 25 years. Four of the flats are designed for two young people to share and one single occupancy flat.
Support staff will be on hand 24 hours a day with a sleep-in and waking night service provided by Advance Housing and Support.
Chris Pascoe, Area Manager, Advance, said: "We are very much looking forward to supporting these nine young people with first planning and then moving into their new homes at Woodlark House. Each young person will have individual support from a trained staff team to enable them to develop their confidence, social and life skills as they take this important new step in their lives.”
The building also includes:
• Staff flat/sleep in room and office and will be managed by Advance Housing and Support
• All flats are fully accessible by stairs and lift
• The flats include bath/shower rooms, bedrooms, fully-fitted kitchens and a large lounge with space for additional equipment if required by the young person
• Assistive technology to promote independence
Woodlark House is one of three housing blocks being developed on the former Gravel Hill Police Station site providing a total of 62 affordable one and two-bedroom apartments. The other two blocks are a mix of affordable rented, for those waiting on the housing register and 10 flats are shared ownership.
The second block, Pipit House (23 flats) is due to be complete in June 2019 and the final building, named Grayling House (33 flats) is due for completion in July 2019.