Plans have been submitted to build four private houses and four assisted living units on land belonging to a children’s home in Blackboys Road, Framfield.
A planning application, submitted to Wealden Council by PJL Healthcare, says the four semi-detached houses, designed to look like Victorian workers’ cottages, would help fund the supported living units.
Framfield Children’s Home
The private houses would be accessed via the drive to Framfield Children’s Home, but be next to the road, while the supported living units would be further into the site.
A design and access statement with the planning application says: “The new frontage dwellings are intentionally modest as the Draft Local Plan advises that these are a much-needed commodity within the local market.
“They are two-bedroom houses with the ability of later roof conversion, making them ‘lifetime’ homes for a small family.
“The gardens are generous and the properties are generally practical and sensible – as Victorian properties typically are.
“The scale and massing is directly taken from surveys we have previously carried out on Victorian-era homes, so they are efficient yet comfortable and light.”
The statement says the supported living units would resemble a series of agricultural buildings, set in a loose courtyard arrangement.
“The intention with the site layout is to have separation between the private dwellings and the supported living and wider children’s home site.”
PJL Healthcare provides specialist residential care for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism, and emotional and behavioural disorders.
A statement from the company says:
“These are individuals who, because of their behaviours, are unable to live in a normal family setting. They do however appreciate the normal home environment that PJL’s home provides.”
The company has two children’s homes, the one at Framfield, and another at Mayfield. In Mayfield there is also an adult residential home and a supported living house.
PJL says there is substantial local demand to develop more supported living accommodation for individuals with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.
It has been approached by the Sussex Transforming Care Partnership to look at ways in which it could develop facilities to provide supported living for young people and adults.
PJL says the Framfield site offers a perfect opportunity to develop an attractive but purpose-built residential solution.
Developing the open market houses on the road would enable PJL to finance and build the supported living houses.
They would be independent of the Framfield Children’s Home but able to share some of the administrative facilities therefore reducing the overall cost burden to local authorities.
The housing would be “a secure, attractive, self-contained, residential development set in pleasant gardens with access to fields which are a part of the current site.
“This would give an ideal level of flexible accommodation which can be adapted to the needs of each individual.
“The location would be safely located away from therein road, but with easy access for public transport to Uckfield and beyond.”
PJL concludes: “Overall the supported living scheme provides accommodation for individuals who may, for example, be blocking a hospital bed, or be living in less suitable accommodation.
“There is, as mentioned above, an overwhelming demand for the provision of small self-contained supported living housing.
“The use of supported living compared to normal residential care is that in general there is a considerable saving to social services.
“East Sussex social services are particularly under financial pressure at the moment, and through our discussions with them have indicated a very strong demand for this development proposal.”
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