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£9.8m housing bid a step closer
THE creation of a stateof- the-art new sheltered housing scheme in Southampton has moved a step closer to reality.
A planning application has been handed in for the £9.8million transformation of Erskine Court which is expected to be completed in early 2016.
The council hopes its plan to overhaul the Lordshill site will deliver modern facilities for sheltered housing residents, as well as a hub featuring activities for the wider community.
If the authority’s planning application is approved the 32 current flats will be replaced with 54 new, high quality apartments and a new community area featuring services such as foot care and hairdressing.
The scheme has been funded by Government grants and through the city housing revenue account, which is funded by tenants’ rent and other housing income.
A decision on the plans is expected by November 19, and if they are approved building work will begin in January and is expected to be completed in spring 2016.
Council housing boss Warwick Payne said: “We’ve ensured that we have consulted residents living near Erskine Court about our exciting £9.8million plan to transform the block into an extra care complex.
“As part of that consultation we wrote to residents and invited them into the block to view the proposals. I also attended the workshop and the mood from residents was generally positive towards the plans.
“We are hopeful of securing planning permission and forging ahead with this exciting scheme for 54 units, that forms part of our current plans to deliver more than 500 new council homes for Southampton, linked to the scheme in Townhill Park.”
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