PLANS for temporary housing on a former school site in Wareham have been submitted to address the county’s “chronic shortage” of accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

Dorset County Council has published detailed proposals for the Worgret Road site following a public exhibition last year.

The former middle school has been demolished, and 18 temporary relocatable homes are set to be built on part of the plot.

The homes are expected to be in place for around three years. In the long-term, the site will be re-developed into a ‘health and care village’ featuring a care home and housing for key workers. The target completion date for this scheme is 2021.

Last November, the county council said more than 30 people in the area were in need of accommodation in the next 12 months.

Also, an additional 41 people in Purbeck were said to have a need for housing in the next five years.

In a statement included in its planning application, the county council said: “Dorset County Council have a cohort of individuals who have an urgent need for accommodation and support in the Wareham area. These individuals have learning disabilities, and can be most effectively supported in detached units of accommodation benefiting from shared support services on site.

“People with learning disabilities are often not prioritised for housing, and there is a chronic shortage of individual accommodation across Dorset. The housing that is available is usually in shared houses or higher density housing, and for this group of individuals personal space is an important factor in successful support.”

Two housing types are proposed on the site around a central courtyard with parking. As well as a terrace of 12 one-bed units (and one two-bed unit for overnight carers), there will be six detached one-bed houses. There will be carers on site for the more vulnerable residents.

An existing tarmac access road will be extended to serve the new accommodation.

According to the county council’s planning application, the relocatable homes can be “easily de-commissioned and moved to other sites within Dorset when required”. The buildings are made in a factory and can be lifted into position on site.

“This site is in a very good location for services of this kind with close proximity to the town centre, leisure facilities, health facilities, and public transport links. This is crucial to ensuring that vulnerable people are well integrated into their communities,” the council says in its application.