Multi-million pound autism centre plans

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JOBS will be created if approval is granted for a multi-million pound flagship specialist care unit in Peterborough.

Lincolnshire-based Living With Autism Ltd has submitted plans to Peterborough City Council for its first purpose-built home for people suffering with autism.

The £2 million plans, if approved by city council planners, would see two separate blocks built on the currently vacant land in Clayburn Road, Hampton.

It would create a total of 32 jobs – 16 full-time and a further 16 part-time – for the city.

Director Paul Bloomfield said that Living With Autism has been involved in a number of residential homes, but this would be their flagship enterprise.

He said: “It’s the first one for us, although we are part of a group that has experience in working and operating in care homes.

“Peterborough in comparison to other areas encourages investment into the city. It’s been very welcoming to us.

“It’s a good site in terms of connection, with the A1 motorway, and in terms of access to services, with Hampton nearby.

“It’s likely to be for people living in the Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire area.”

The proposals show the complex split into two sections, with the majority of the expansive site dedicated to a two-storey 15-room autism residential care unit.

A smaller scale three-storey development will comprise nine assisted living units.

Three of which will be two-bed units, with the other six being one-bed units.

The proposals also include parking for 42 car parking spaces, while a new junction off London Road would also need to be constructed for access to the plot.

Mr Bloomfield said: “The assisted living rooms would be apartments for people who can cope with a limited amount of support.

“The other unit would be a residential care unit which offers more support to them.”

Councillor Gavin Elsey, the city council’s cabinet member for business engagement, said Living With Autism’s plans are “fantastic news” for Peterborough.

He said: “Obviously, it’s another indictment of the open-for-business attitude that we have here in Peterborough as a city.

“The fact that companies are preferring the city as a location where they can set up is fantastic news and it’s creating jobs.”

The news comes after another major care operation in Peterborough, PJ Care, was last month granted permission for a 107-bed neurological care home on the Oak Tree site, in Bretton Way, Bretton, which will bring 180 jobs to the city.

Work will start by the end of the year.