Sup­ported hous­ingto re­place­home

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Andrew McNair

A for­mer Dum­bar­ton care home is set to be re­placed by a sup­ported hous­ing scheme for vul­ner­a­ble adults.

HB Vil­lages De­vel­op­ments want to buy Dal­re­och House for £445,000 and turn it into the brand new “spe­cialised” fa­cil­ity.

The care home shut in June and coun­cil­lors are be­ing urged to ac­cept the bid which will com­prise 18 spe­cialised sup­port­ing hous­ing apart­ments and seven bun­ga­lows for adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and phys­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties.

They’ll be told at today’s (Wed­nes­day) in­fra­struc­ture, re­gen­er­a­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing that it’s the pre­ferred bid, de­spite a larger of­fer of £617,00 be­ing made on the site for a tra­di­tional res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment con­sist­ing of 18 two-storey ter­raced houses.

But plan­ners have “ex­pressed reser­va­tions” ac­cord­ing to a re­port. They be­lieve the pro­posal would lack “open space and land­scap­ing” due to park­ing de­mands of so many homes on the site.

The re­port for coun­cil­lors con­tin­ues: “The spe­cialised sup­ported hous­ing scheme which is be­ing of­fered will help im­prove the lives of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple by al­low­ing them to live in­de­pen­dently with dig­nity.”

Dal­re­och House was shut ear­lier this year and its res­i­dents, as well as those who stayed at Langcraigs and Wil­lox House coun­cil-run care homes, switched to West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil’s new £10mil­lion Crosslet House in June.

One of those homes, Langcraigs, has al­ready been sold-off to a pri­vate care home provider, Meall­more who plan to run it as a care home for 32 peo­ple.

Re­turned The Maid of the Loch’s steam­ers Bell which was re­turned anony­mously Pride of place Char­ity di­rec­tors Anne Urquhart and Iain Robert­son with the re­turned build plate. Above is an ar­chive shot of Cap­tain MacDon­ald steer­ing the ship with the...

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