New 41-home estate set to be ‘safe and secure place for people with disabilities'

A new estate of 18 supported living flats and 23 homes is to be built at the site of a former day centre. Bury Council’s planning committee this week approved the scheme for the vacant site on Kemp Heaton Avenue, which previously contained the William Kemp Heaton community day centre, which was demolished in 2016.

The site, the Redvales area, is close to Bury cemetery and Goshen playing fields and next to Peachment Place, the council’s 60-bed extra care scheme completed in 2019. A design and access report in support of the scheme from applicant Great Places, said: “The intention is to create a new supportive living housing estate close to Bury town centre, that will provide a safe and secure place for those with disabilities to live.

“All units have been designed to cater for those with disabilities, through national standards and design principles. “The proximity to Peachment Place led to the site’s identification as an opportunity for affordable later living housing and supported accommodation for people with a learning disability and/or autism.”

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The supported living apartments will be in a single three-storey building. The homes will be a mixture of eight bungalows, seven houses and 10 cottage flats.

The flats will be two storey in height, with a one-bedroom flat on each floor. The new estate would be accessed from Kemp Heaton Avenue, off St Peter’s Road. Three objections to the plans were received prior to the planning meeting with one saying the housing was ‘too high a density for the area’.

Another claimed ‘the extra traffic and parking it will being will have implications for highway safety’ while another objector questioned where construction workers will park as ‘there is no room on the Goshen estate for any more vehicles’.