HAPPI Hour - Designing Housing for People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People

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  • A wonderful snapshot of issues brought together to help forge greater housing choice and quality.
  • It was very invigorating and useful to learn about the work being done on this subject and has given me a lot of food for thought to take back to my colleagues in housing.
  • Detailed information and insight showing what can be achieved by being client centred and working collaboratively.


To address the growing housing demand, Bath and North Somerset Council (B&NES) is embarking on the development of supported and social housing through its B&NES Homes program, aligning with its commitment to deliver ‘the right homes in the right places’.

In this webinar, Arcadis shares how they have been engaged by the Council to design a distinctive landscape-led development comprising 16 houses and a clubhouse. This project aims to establish an exemplary community of purpose-built housing tailored for individuals living independently but requiring care and support due to learning disabilities and Autism.

You'll also gain valuable insights from NHS England on how they are working across local health, housing and care economies to improve the supply and quality of accommodation. In addition, the session draws on the experience of local commissioning arrangements and explores examples of new schemes that are coming off the drawing board to improve the range of housing choices available.


  • 16:00 – Zoom format
    Sally Taylor-Ridgway, Communications and Membership Officer, Host, Housing LIN ~ @HLINcomms (opens new window)
  • 16:05 – Welcome
    Jeremy Porteus, CEO at Housing LIN ~ @HousingLIN (opens new window)
  • 16:10 – Session Chair: What NHS England are doing to maximising housing choices with design considerations 
    Clare SkidmoreNational Housing Lead, Strategic Commissioning Team, Learning Disability and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement and ~ @NHSEngland (opens new window)
  • 16:20 – Commissioning and procurement of better, local housing with partners 
    Sarah Houghton-Grimshaw, Housing Lead Cheshire and Merseyside ICB ~ @NHSCandM (opens new window)
  • 16:30 – Innovation and best practice in housing for people with learning disability and autism: Englishcombe Lane Case Study
    Raymond Parr, Associate, Architecture and Urbanism, Arcadis ~ @ArcadisGlobal (opens new window)
  • 16:40 –  Audience Q&A
  • 17:00 – Event close
    Jeremy Porteus, CEO at Housing LIN  ~ @HousingLIN (opens new window)


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