A MULTI-million pound specialist housing development for disabled adults has been officially opened in Stourport.

Stourside, which comprises of 15 specialist apartments and is based on Mitton Street, was unveiled during a ceremony attended by residents, care staff, Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier and members of Worcestershire County and the district councils.

The supported living development is designed for adults with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

Bosses say the £3million development gives tenants their own personal accommodation to meet their individual preferences, needs and requirements

Care staff will also be available on site 24/7 to provide support but also ensure residents can live as independently as possible.

The development is the result of an on-going partnership between specialist supported living developers HBV, Lifeways Community Care and Inclusion Housing CIC.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, deputy leader and cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care at Worcestershire County Council, said: “It is fantastic to see Stourport have a development of this type.

“It is important to the local community that we take care of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“This scheme goes a long way in providing a safe and comfortable environment for people with learning and physical disabilities, while providing an opportunity to live as independently as possible.

“Nationally there is growing population of adults with a range of disabilities, and this is expected to grow even further over the coming years.

“Along with Stourside, Worcestershire County Council are planning more developments of this calibre which will allow people to remain living independently within their own home, with the knowledge that care staff are on hand 24/7.”

Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HBV, said: “Stourside is a prime example of how specialist supported housing can make a huge difference to adults with disabilities.

“Having their own home, along with onsite care means the tenants are able to live more independently and integrate into their local community.

“We are currently working on plans to deliver more schemes such as this in Worcestershire and we are proud to showcase this development as fine example of the positive outcomes that can be achieved for vulnerable people with the right kind of housing and support services.”