Redevelopment of a former sheltered housing scheme in Carterton into modern apartments with larger living spaces and eco-friendly features has been completed.
We have transformed Blenheim Court to provide 31 spacious one and two-bed apartments for social rent for over-55s in housing need.
The new homes have solar panels and electric heating. Electric vehicle charging points have also been installed in the parking area for resident’s use.
We took handover of the final 31 properties at Blenheim Court last week.
Colin Bloodworth, our Assistant Director of Development and Assets, said: “Demand for affordable housing of this kind is high in West Oxfordshire and Cottsway is committed to developing more new homes for people in housing need, while continuing to invest in our current homes.
“Blenheim Court is a great example of how we are taking steps to build sustainability into our housing, which is something that is important to both Cottsway and our customers. I’m delighted with these new apartments. They’re a vast improvement on the former 1960s buildings that were there before, and we can now offer people more modern accommodation with attractive features such as balconies for outdoor living. I hope our new customers are very happy living there.”
Feltham Construction began redeveloping Blenheim Court on our behalf in summer 2020.
Simon Lampard, Construction Director at Feltham Construction, said: “This is our second development with Cottsway in Carterton this year and I’m so pleased that this scheme has been completed. The Covid pandemic brought extra challenges and our team has worked really hard to get to where we are now and it’s testament to all involved.”
The Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal - which involves Oxfordshire’s five district councils and county council working together to secure government investment for new homes and infrastructure across the county - provided a grant of £1,705,000 to support this development. An additional £20,000 Disabled Facilities Grant was also provided by the West Oxfordshire District Council to install walk-in showers in the ground floor apartments.
Cllr Carl Rylett, Cabinet member for Planning & Sustainable Development at West Oxfordshire District Council, said “I am pleased we have been able to support the Blenheim Court development. Building affordable housing is incredibly important, not just for today’s communities but for future communities to enjoy and benefit from.
“By agreeing to the Disabled Facilities Grant, we can ensure these new properties will meet the needs of residents into older age.
“We are pleased to see this, and future development will feature a range of measures to ensure that these new homes are highly energy efficient which will cut their carbon cost and help future tenants save on their energy bills and will be accessible to all.”
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