On Friday, 23rd April, I was delighted to join Northampton Partnership Homes (“NPH”) to officially open the brand new Oak Tree Rise in the Thorplands area of Northampton: a partnership housing project for young adults with complex needs within the autistic spectrum.
We were joined by councillors from Northampton alongside NPH staff, West Northamptonshire Council staff and representatives from NHS England, alongside a number of other organisations, who all worked together to ensure the success of this project.
I am often in contact with NPH, including its Chief Executive, Mike Kay, when I am seeking support for my constituents with housing needs. The organisation’s commitment to a resident-led focus has maintained high standards and I know NPH are committed to providing a range of housing types to meet the diverse needs of local people throughout Northampton.
This latest project Oak Tree Rise will be revolutionary in supporting those within the autism spectrum, which will provide round-the-clock support whilst simultaneously enabling residents to live more independently. The site has ample green space with communal areas including raised beds for growing food, plants and flowers, alongside individual gardens for each resident to enjoy.
Oak Tree Rise complements a wider regeneration programme in Thorplands where I am told NPH have refurbished some 400 Council Homes, constructed new homes, and supplied a number of community facilities such as a shop, café and children’s play area, and the regeneration is very much welcomed.