STRUCTURE: Middlesbrough Council is considering proposals for a new neurological support and rehabilitation centre in the city.

Gateshead-based Whickham Villa LLP, a specialist in rehab and support services for neurological conditions and people with long term conditions, has submitted plans to Middlesbrough Council for a new complex, called the Gateway, in the Middlehaven area.

A statement on behalf of Whickham Villa says: “The plans propose a facility that will be the only of its kind in the UK that consists of a residential ‘step forward’ rehabilitation facility, a health and wellbeing centre for the whole community and a range of transitional and supported living options.

“If given the green light, the project could see the creation of more than 100 jobs and around £10m of investment in an area that has suffered during the tough economic climate.

“The facility would help people in their recovery from serious brain injury, spinal injury and other neurological conditions. The initiative has been developed to support the NHS in terms of reducing long term costs at nearby hospitals through quicker discharge while also improving the care outcomes for the client.

“[The] initial proposal also includes plans to provide a range of independent community therapy services, vocational, advice and support services from social enterprise, charitable, statutory and education partners for use by residents and non residents.

“The Gateway is being supported by Erimus Housing, which would provide the transitional and supported living element of the scheme, as well as Tees Valley Unlimited, Middlesbrough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and One NorthEast.”

The plan has been subject to a public consultation and is currently under consideration by the council.