Orchard Court opens doors to independence

The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland opens Orchard Court.

The official opening of a new development in Weymouth saw residents welcomed in to their new homes by the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Councillor Kate Wheller, and Chair of BCHA, Peter Hoyle.

Orchard Court, in Carlton Road North, is a new development by BCHA providing affordable housing for people with learning difficulties, enabling residents to live more independent lives within the community. The development is of 15 one-bedroom flats, which are all self-contained with a brand new fully-fitted kitchen, and spacious living area.

Residents have moved in and are settling in well, enjoying the independence they have gained through living in their own flat. One resident spoke about her new flat: “It is very nice. It has more space than where I used to be. I have my own domain which means I can socialise in the communal area, and if I don’t want to, I can relax in my flat. I can also have my family to stay.”

Colin Salisman, Head of Development and Property Services at BCHA, commented: “The opening of Orchard Court was a great event - it was lovely to be able to welcome residents in to their new home, and celebrate this fantastic new development after all the hard work and planning that has gone in to the construction. All 15 flats are taken, and we are delighted to see the residents already thriving in their new environment.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to develop new affordable housing in the Dorset area, and to bring back in to use the site of a building, which had lain empty for two years. We were able to retain the front façade of the previous building and incorporate this in to the new development, proving a real feature of the property. Our thanks go to the HCA who provided substantial funding, and both Dorset County Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for making this development possible.”

The development cost over £1.7 million and was been made possible thanks to a £450,000 capital grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, funding from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, and the lease of the land at a peppercorn rent from Dorset County Council.

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