RESIDENTS of a new £3million specialist supported living scheme for disabled adults have been warmly welcomed into their new apartments by developers and community leaders.

Sixteen new apartments and two bungalows incorporating assistive technology have been built at the site of the former church on Roose Road in Barrow exclusively for local people with physical or learning disabilities. .

The scheme, called Church Place, was delivered by specialist supported living developer HBV.

John Woodcock MP for Barrow officially opened the scheme and planted an apple tree with the original engraved spade he used to dig the first sod of earth at the ground-breaking ceremony in 2017.

He said: “This is a remarkable addition to our local community and I’m delighted the apartments and the assistive technology within them creates the opportunity for people with various kinds of disabilities to live a more independent life.

“The development has a real community feel to it."

Alastair Sheehan, business development director at HBV said: “We are delighted that this site in Barrow provides a fine example of the specialist supported living model and provides a modern and safe environment for people to live their lives independently and with the freedom to manage their own homes, in the manner and dignity that they and all of us deserve.”

HBV was formed in May 2011.