Due to be completed next year, the sites at Lavender Place, Bampton, and Blenheim Court, Carterton, will provide 49 new one and two-bed apartments all for social rent for people aged over-55 in housing need. This includes 18 at Lavender Place and 31 at Blenheim Court.
The former 1960s buildings fell below the standards we want for our homes and both have been demolished. The new buildings being built in their place will offer improved, modern living standards for new residents with the replacement of small bedsit accommodation with more spacious one and two-bedroom apartments.
Both schemes include solar panels and electric heating, and electrical vehicle charging points are being fitted at Blenheim, with the option for charging points to be installed at Lavender at a later date to meet customers’ needs in the future.
Working on behalf of Cottsway, EG Carter Ltd started work Lavender Place in Autumn 2020 and Feltham Construction began redeveloping Blenheim Court in summer 2020.
There were some delays to work at the Lavender site due to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, but both sites are due to be completed next year – Lavender in the spring and Blenheim in the summer.
Vivian Rosser, our Chief Executive, said: “It’s great to see that construction on both sites is progressing well. These apartments are being built to a high standard offering customers modern, comfortable accommodation with attractive features, such as balconies for outdoor living at the Blenheim Court development. We’re absolutely delighted to be able to say that all 49 of them will be available for social rent by people aged over 55.
“Demand for affordable housing of this kind is high in West Oxfordshire and Cottsway is absolutely committed to developing more new homes for people in housing need, while continuing to invest in our current homes. These two developments will help make a real difference to those in need and what’s more, we’re ensuring that we’re installing features to ensure they’re future-proofed for more low carbon living.
“These developments are a great example of how Cottsway is taking steps to build sustainability into our housing, which is something that is important to us and our customers.”
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 - has provided a grant of nearly £2.7m to support the two developments. An additional £20,000 Disabled Facilities Grant has also been provided by the district council to install walk-in showers in the ground floor apartments at the Blenheim Court development.
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Leader Cllr Michele Mead has visited the development sites in the past week to see how they are progressing.
She said: “Housing is a key priority for us as a district council. We are keen on supporting residents by working with partner organisations to deliver quality, modern homes at an affordable rate. I look forward to seeing the complete transformation on these redeveloped sites when they are released by Cottsway in 2022.”
Cllr Merilyn Davies, the council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “There's nothing more important than having a place to call home, and everyone should have the right to a home they can afford. I’m pleased that this development in Bampton will soon be available for people over 55 in our District looking to rent high quality affordable homes.
“One of one key priorities as a council is to meet the affordable housing needs of our residents and this development will provide 18 apartments for social rent to meet some of these needs.”
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