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New homes for parents needing help
YOUNG parents who need support will soon benefit from new apartments thanks to a landmark housing project.
Southampton City Council and building firm First Wessex have joined forces to regenerate a former hostel in Southampton city centre after the dated building failed to meet modern living standards.
The organisations worked in partnership to develop a modern scheme of 19 apartments – ten of which will be available for young parents needing support – in Kings Park Road.
It has been supported with an investment of about £1.8m from the Homes and Communities Agency and the new building will be highly sustainable, with low running costs for its occupants and low carbon emissions emitted from the homes.
The site has now been prepared for the building’s foundations.
Cllr Warwick Payne, city council Cabinet member for housing and sustainability, said: “We urgently need affordable homes in Southampton and this development will help to meet that need.
“The new building should be a huge improvement on the former hostel, and providing a number of units for vulnerable young parents is an excellent move.
“This is also another fine example of the productive partnership between housing associations like First Wessex and the council, which is still bringing new homes forward in difficult economic times.”
Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “I am delighted that this important project is moving ahead, as we are closer to providing some young parents with good quality accommodation and practical in-house support – enabling them to more readily meet the challenges of parenthood.”
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