A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week to mark the start of construction of our new scheme in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.

The scheme, which is due to open in 2020, consists of 15 one bedroom apartments plus 3 bungalows. Named Barber Gardens after two young local brothers who tragically died in World War I, the service is designed to offer independent living for people with learning disabilities, autism, and physical disabilities.

Joining Lifeways at the ceremony were the Mayor of Chatteris, Councillor Bill Haggata, Roger Thompson of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority plus the parents of some prospective new tenants. Councillor Haggata, said: “I am delighted to start the work here and I am encouraged that HBV have selected Chatteris, the gateway to Fenland, where we actively encourage business and residential developments, to build this much required facility in the heart of our community.

“We need to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are well cared for and looked after in suitable accommodation. This development will put a lot of smiles on a lot of people’s faces when it is completed next year. I’m looking forward to visiting the site when it is completed and meeting the new residents.”

Alastair Sheehan, business development director at HBV, said: “We have had tremendous support from the planning team at Fenland District Council and the adult social care officers at Cambridgeshire County Council. Along with positive guidance from local ward councillors in Chatteris and engaging with the local community we are delighted that everyone recognises the need for specialist supported living accommodation for some of the local community’s most vulnerable people.”

Watch this space for information on the progress of Barber Gardens next year!