The council has announced a "first of its kind" service to provide housing and support to people with disabilities.

The new scheme aims to help young Bury adults who have learning disabilities and/or autism.

The local authority is working with partners to provide transitional homes for eight people aged 18-25 at St Mary’s Place in the town centre.

They will be supported in their home for up to two years, with a further two years’ outreach support available to them after they leave.

Cllr Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing at the council, said: “This is a truly innovative scheme, designed to offer continuity of support at a time of change and reduce the need for those with learning disabilities to move away from Bury.

Bury Times: The supported living accommodation will be based in St Mary's PlaceThe supported living accommodation will be based in St Mary's Place (Image: Google)

“This town centre location is close to all amenities, education and employment opportunities, to encourage and enable independent living.

“It’s all part of our Let’s Do It strategy in offering an opportunity for people to live locally, independently, and with choice.”

The council recently approved a separate plan to transform a vacant town centre building into a supported living facility with space for up to 13 residents.

The support service approved by the cabinet this week is the first of its kind in Bury, giving young adults their "own front door", with support which encourages them to be independent and move on to alternative housing.

The project was approved by the council’s cabinet earlier this week and a social care provider will now be secured to run the service.