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First MyPlace ceremony in Birmingham

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Work has begun on an exciting new development, Millward Place, to support independent living for people with learning disabilities in Monyhull, Birmingham.

A ceremonial sod cutting launches the start of construction of Bromford’s first ‘MyPlace’ – Millward Place - a new model of supported housing for adults with long-term conditions such as a learning disability or a mental health condition.

Josie Bishton, new ventures manager said: “Millward Place can be an alternative to inappropriate in-patient care institutions which is one of the primary actions set out in the recent review of the Winterbourne Report. Our in-house construction team will be building the 14 self-contained flats with a community hub.”

“Work will be starting on site now with a view to opening in July next year. We are planning to build eight schemes a year using MyPlace as the new model for our supported housing schemes embedded with local communities. A primary consideration in this is that is provides independence for our customers. We believe in giving everyone the opportunity to unlock their potential.”

Bromford will offer additional housing management of 18 hours a week and residents will have their own tenancy and front door and have full use of the community hub. Customers will be able to make their own decisions on any care and support they require.

Cllr Barry Henley, local ward councillor from Birmingham City Council said: “It gives me great pleasure to be able to cut the sod to launch the first phase of this major project, which is the culmination of several years' hard work by everyone involved.”

Millward Place is being built on land with an interesting history; land that formed part of the original acreage of Monyhull Hall. Named after Erza James Millward who originally built Monyhull Hall, the hall belong to the Millward family from 1864 before being sold in 1905 to the Guardian of the Poor for Birmingham, Kings Norton and Aston as a mental hospital. The intention was to develop a self-sufficient community with patients working the farmland to provide for their own needs.

During the First World War, the buildings were used as a military hospital with some 5,000 patients treated there. In 1920, St Francis’ residential school opened on the site and in the mid 1960’s Birmingham Council bought a substantial part of the estate and developed it with some 2,000 houses. Most recently the site was used as an ambulance station.