Work is due to begin later this summer to demolish two former older persons’ housing schemes in West Oxfordshire and build new affordable homes to rent.
Cottsway Housing received planning permission earlier this year to redevelop the vacated 1960s properties at Blenheim Court, Carterton, and Lavender Place, Bampton, but work was delayed by the UK lockdown.
Work is now due to start in August and once cleared, the sites will be redeveloped to provide 49 new one and two-bed flats for people aged over-55. This includes 31 at Blenheim Court and 18 at Lavender Place.
Colin Bloodworth, Cottsway’s Assistant Director of Development and Assets said: “Following scheduling delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are delighted that work will finally be starting on site.
“The existing properties, built in the 1960s, had fallen below the standard of accommodation that we like to provide and now we can start to transform these sites into much-needed affordable housing for people aged over 55. We are delighted to say that all of these new homes will be available for social rent, which will help to meet local demand in two areas where rental prices are high.”
The redevelopment of these sites has been planned since 2017 and Cottsway has relocated all previous customers to more suitable, improved accommodation in preparation for the work to take place.
The Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal, which secured government investment for new homes and infrastructure across the county, has provided a grant of nearly £2.7m to support the development of these schemes. Both sites should be completed by Spring 2022.
Feltham Construction has been appointed to carry out work on behalf of Cottsway at the Carterton site and EG Carter at the Bampton site.
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