Residential home jobs boost

Bannister Farm Cottage, on Longmeanygate, which is set to be turned into a care home
Bannister Farm Cottage, on Longmeanygate, which is set to be turned into a care home

Up to 30 jobs are being created as a house in Leyland is transformed into a care home.

Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group of companies, is investing in a new residential service in Longmeanygate for young adults with autism.

The new development will provide specialist support in the specially adapted home, Bannister Farm Cottage, with four single en-suite bedrooms, shared living space and a self-contained apartment.

Craegmoor already runs a similar service in Midge Hall at Oxen Barn, which opened a couple of years ago. Sarah Hughes, managing director for Craegmoor, said: “This specialist service for individuals with autism has been welcomed by local health and social care professionals, and will bring high-quality and much needed care provision to Leyland and the surrounding area.

“The experience Craegmoor and the Priory Group has in autism, complex and long term care, will enhance the care provision for the area and the new service will bring long-term, secure jobs to the town as well.”

The home has been carefully designed to ensure that the environment is optimised for individuals on the autistic spectrum, including the use of therapeutic colours for wall coverings, lighting and


The project will create up to 30 jobs and people wishing to learn more about the senior and support worker roles are invited to attend an information event at the Best Western Leyland Hotel conference hall on Leyland Way, this Friday between 9am and 5pm.

The service is set to open in May, and will work with the Leyland-based Autism Service to ‘develop a pathway to more independent living’.