Supported Housing Engagement
Information on the Supported Housing proposals
This information sets out why we are building new homes for young people, the support that young people who live there can expect, how the buildings will look and the opportunity for people in the local community and beyond to provide comments.
who are familiar with similar developments
Engagement on this consultation is now closed
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need the Development?
All people require a secure, comfortable home to live in. Most people will know a young person who has struggled to find housing. Having a warm and secure home is a basic right for all people but no more so than at the start of a person's housing journey.
How will the tenants be supported?
Young people we have supported in the past tell us that having a secure home with the right support enables them to gain confidence to build personal relationships and pursue their ambitions. The aim is to provide accommodation for young people and provide a base from which they can develop and grow to lead an independent life.
To help support the people that live in the flats, staff will be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By combining a supported housing unit and mainstream flats, support can be offered to people with a range of needs.
West Lothian Council provide supported accommodation to anyone presenting as homeless who have identified support needs which have contributed to their homeless situation. Other established units have staff on site, 24 hours a day 7 days a week which has proved effective in both providing support to suit the residents and ensure peaceful, collocation with the local community. This new unit will operate in the same model ensuring tenancy support and housing management of the project which will benefit from staff on site who can react to any situation as it arises.
There will be the opportunity for tenants to set up home in a very supported setting and then progress to a more independent living model as they become more experienced.
Residents will be given support to look after and maintain their tenancies and surrounding environment.
There will be communal outdoor space which will be maintained. There may be opportunity for local community to assist with this to develop gardening skills.
Why locate the development in Deans?
It was important that the right site was found for the housing so that it could meet the needs of people who are going to live there.
The Deans site offered a number of advantages. It is well connected with local facilities including shops and the community centre nearby. It is on a bus route and both Carmondean and Livingston centres can be reached from there.
There is open space adjacent for physical activity including a football pitch.
It is intended that residents of the new unit will be able to enjoy the community facilities and become active members of the Deans community.
What will the buildings look like?
All of the properties will be self-contained flats so that young people can live independently. The development will consist of a block of 12 flats with their own kitchen and bathroom. There will be a further 16 mainstream flats on the site too. All properties will be for single people. There will be staff accommodation too.
The buildings will be of typical residential design using familiar materials and the landscaped areas will be simply laid out to be low maintenance with grassed areas low shrubs and some small deciduous tree planting.
The two storey mainstream housing will sit along the north and west edges of the site with the three storey managed accommodation located in the north west corner.
All the buildings will sit around an open area of communal/managed landscaped ground which will incorporate some car parking spaces for residents and their visitors and for the management team who will be responsible for the accommodation.
The site is designed to have an open welcoming feel. Access to the development for both pedestrians and vehicles will be from a new road junction formed off Deans South Road. Communal external areas will be visible from within the site and from the curtilage along Deans South and Nellburn Road - all in accordance with 'secure by design' guidelines.
The proposal is that the buildings will be mostly brick finishes with contrasting areas of metal cladding.
The focus will be on a domestic scale with the buildings arranged around a communal landscaped area.
What happens next?
The proposal is to submit a planning application in September 2020. Construction is programmed to commence in Spring 2021 and complete in Spring 2022 depending on approvals.