Work begun on old Chantry Hall site

Bright new future for derelict site

Bright new future for derelict site

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WORK has begun to build a new flat complex in Central Southampton on the site of a former place of worship.

Chantry Hall in St Mary's was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in 2007 and the site has been empty ever since the destroyed building was torn down.

It had been earmarked as the site of a £10m ice rink, but those plans bit the dust in the recession.

But now work has started on the new £7.4m development, which will contain nine one-bed flats, 46 two-bed flats and four three-bed apartments.

And following an agreement between the city council and developer the Drew Smith Group, 40, of the 59 plats at the site in St Mary Strret will be affordable.

Local affordable housing provider Radian will own and manage the development, which is expected to be finished in spring 2016.

Daily Echo:

The Drew Smith Group's managing director Stuart Munro said: "The Chantry site has been derelict for a number of years and was in need of a fresh approach and new ideas.

"Drew Smith has gained a reputation of taking stalled sites and turning them into exciting residential developments that benefit the city.

"We worked closely throughout the planning process with Southampton City Council and would like to thank them for their continued support.

"We now look forward to working with Radian and completing much-needed affordable housing for Southampton."

City council cabinet member for housing Warwick Payne said: "The council doesn't want land sitting around doing nothing so whenever a site stalls we seek to work with developers and housing organisations to kick-start new homes for local families.

"I'd like to pay tribute to Drew Smith and Radian for stepping in to tackle this site, which has a difficult recent history, but hopefully now a good future thanks to their efforts.

"If you need evidence that Southampton is a city where you can get things done and get things built, look no further than this exciting project."

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11:35am Tue 19 Aug 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

Who's Dustin the recession? & why was he bitten?

Love the cut and paste from layout formats.
Who's Dustin the recession? & why was he bitten? Love the cut and paste from layout formats. Hampshire Corn and Bread
  • Score: 14

11:36am Tue 19 Aug 14

WoolstonSean says...

Rson and Dustin! Was this article written by a young child? Another example of the terrible grammar that the Dailly Echo is so renowned for these days.
Rson and Dustin! Was this article written by a young child? Another example of the terrible grammar that the Dailly Echo is so renowned for these days. WoolstonSean
  • Score: 17

11:47am Tue 19 Aug 14

bloke from bitterene park says...

more rubbish flats huh ?
more rubbish flats huh ? bloke from bitterene park
  • Score: 6

11:50am Tue 19 Aug 14

malcher says...

40 of the plats wil be affordable!l
40 of the plats wil be affordable!l malcher
  • Score: 10

12:10pm Tue 19 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

How do more flats in a city that is coming engulfed by them class as an 'exciting project'?

'Affordable' homes are nonsense. They're just clever accounting by making it look like the resident can afford a mortgage at 50% of the market value but still have to pay rent on the other 50%.
How do more flats in a city that is coming engulfed by them class as an 'exciting project'? 'Affordable' homes are nonsense. They're just clever accounting by making it look like the resident can afford a mortgage at 50% of the market value but still have to pay rent on the other 50%. sotonboy84
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Cyber__Fug says...

We all know that the standard of reporting on here has been terrible of late, but this story has sunk it to new levels.... you are supposed to be professional journalists ffs !!!!
We all know that the standard of reporting on here has been terrible of late, but this story has sunk it to new levels.... you are supposed to be professional journalists ffs !!!! Cyber__Fug
  • Score: 8

12:38pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mr E says...

perhapse the Dooly Eko shud bye a spellchuker ?
perhapse the Dooly Eko shud bye a spellchuker ? Mr E
  • Score: 10

1:32pm Tue 19 Aug 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

bring back janet and john ,text speak next.
bring back janet and john ,text speak next. SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 1

9:43pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Zexagon says...

I admire the daily echo for employing staff with dyslexia
I admire the daily echo for employing staff with dyslexia Zexagon
  • Score: 2

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