Former B&B to become accommodation for young people with intellectual disabilities in Cornwall
Council voted to transform Liskeard’s property into supported housing
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A guesthouse in Liskeard can be converted into accommodation for people needing extra support despite concerns about the loss of tourist accommodation.
Cornwall City Council’s East Sub-Region Planning Committee voted unanimously to support plans to transform a former bed and breakfast into accommodation for youth with learning disabilities and autism.
According to plans, the Higher Lux Street property will be converted into four one-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms and shared facilities.
Liskeard City Council said that while it was in favor of supportive housing, they felt there were better locations for such facilities.
The city council was also concerned about the loss of tourist accommodation in the city which they said was important to the local economy.
Advisors learned that the property had been up for sale for 12 months as a guesthouse, but there had been no interest.
But the city council said it was done during the lockdown when it said no one would have sought to invest in such a business.
Carole Edmond, CEO of Glassmoon Services, said it is a unique program that will help local people.
She said specialized services would be provided to young people and adults such as people with learning disabilities and autism.
Ms Edmond said her company had already adapted an existing bungalow in Liskeard to provide a home for a young person who had previously been in an ‘institutionalized setting in London, over 200 miles from home’ and the new property had them allowed to return home. in Cornwall and receive specialized care.
Cornwall’s local councilor for the area, Nick Craker, acknowledged City Council’s concerns over the loss of tourist accommodation and said a report suggesting Liskeard was not a tourist destination had been somewhat offended.
But he said there was an “incredible” demand for supportive housing in Cornwall and that Cornwall Council Adult and Child Services was in favor of the proposals.
Committee member Adam Paynter proposed that the request be approved saying the new facility would create new jobs and allow young people who need life support to stay in Cornwall instead of being moved out of the county .
The committee voted unanimously to approve the accommodation request.