A former rehabilitation centre in Hove is likely to become supported housing for people with physical disabilities and brain injuries.
Brighton and Hove City Council had hoped to convert Knoll House, in Ingram Crescent West, into supported housing for adults with mental health needs.
But council chiefs said that, after carrying out research, they found a greater need to house people with physical disabilities.
The council’s executive director for health and adult social care Rob Persey said that Knoll House was more suitable for people with mobility issues because it already had disabled access.
He set out the plans for Knoll House when the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board met at Hove Town Hall yesterday (Tuesday 28 January).
Mr Persey said: “There will be 18 self-contained flats. We have got a number of people, more than 18, currently in out-of-borough placements, who would be able to come in from residential homes and live in a better environment.”
There are raised allotment and flowerbeds in the area, which Mr Persey described as “added value” for disabled people who were potentially moving into the building.
The board, which includes representatives from the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Healthwatch Brighton and Hove, backed the proposal.
The 18 “supported living” flats are likely to house people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s, cerabral palsy, stroke, spinal injuries and acquired brain injury (ABI).
Four of the flats would be for people aged 18 to 25, four for people with ABI and the remaining 10 for people with physical disabilities aged 35 to 65.
The rehabilitation for people leaving hospital – but who cannot return home – will continue at Craven Vale, in Brighton.
Work will continue to find potential sites for supported housing in Brighton and Hove for people with mental health needs.
Knoll House is to be occupied by property guardians during the transition period.
Further decisions about the future of Knoll House, including who will run services there, are likely to be decided by the Health and Wellbeing Board in June.