PLANNING bosses look set to approve ambitious multi-million pound plans for Red Cross House.  

North Ayrshire Council hopes to create a new £6.6 million Learning Disability Day Centre at the site of the former centre.

The ‘Tarryholme Drive Project’ - in partnership with NHS Ayrshire and Arran - will be extended to create 20 homes for people with Learning Disabilities who require a 24-hour support service.

It will also provide six housing units for people with Learning Disabilities requiring resettlement in the community and another nine for those who need mental health rehabilitation support.

A Day Service will also help around 90 service users who have a range of needs.

This will see provision transferred from Fergushill to the Tarryholme Drive site.

The redevelopment of the Red Cross House site has been undertaken as more and more evidence is gathered showing that bespoke accommodation for people - both adults and children - with disabilities has a profound and positive impact.

The development of accommodation available at Tarryholme Drive will help both the council and NHS meet the special requirements of tenants and, in the longer term, make savings with services being delivered in-house.

The council completed the purchase of the Tarryholme Drive site in October 2016 and have consulted extensively with partners and service users to find the best and most appropriate use for the base.

The plans will go before planning bosses again in the coming weeks where it is expected they will be approved.