Building work has started on the development of more affordable homes in Bournemouth. BCHA have purchased the former Leybourne House site in Northbourne, and are building 24 two bed flats, creating more affordable social housing for families.
The former care home has been demolished and building works have already started, with completion set for the end of March 2015, ready for the first residents to move in.
The flats will be situated in four blocks, each having a spacious living area with an open plan kitchen and lounge – with each flat designed to comfortably accommodate three people. While the ground floor flats will have gardens, there will also be communal gardens for residents to use. Throughout the design, BCHA have worked closely with the local Tree Officer to protect the attractive site and garden, providing a space for everyone to enjoy the sunshine and socialise with other residents.
Conor Burns MP and Councillor David d’Orton-Gibson recently visited the site to hear about the plans and show their support for this new development. Conor Burns MP commented: “BCHA’s work on their new site at Leybourne House is to be warmly welcomed. This addition to Bournemouth’s affordable social housing stock already has the makings of a great facility, and I was pleased to see the progress that has so quickly been made on the site. I look forward to seeing the finished flats in due course.”
Colin Salisman, Head of Development and Property Services at BCHA, commented: "Social housing is about supporting people and the needs of the community. BCHA are committed to doing this. The total project is costing nearly £3 million, so we are delighted to have secured funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and support from Bournemouth Borough Council. BCHA are proud to provide more high quality affordable housing for families to rent in Bournemouth.”
BCHA is a member of the Source Development Partnership, and through this secured more than £560,000 of funding for this development from the Homes and Communities Agency, as part of the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme.
Bruce Voss, HCA area manager, said: “As an organisation that supports the building of many thousands of new and affordable homes in England, we are well aware of the positive impact that housing like this can have.
“Bournemouth is not unusual in facing high demand for good quality affordable homes, and we have worked closely with partners to help them get to the stage where building has started. It’s great to see work get underway on this project and I am sure it will be welcomed in Bournemouth when it is completed next year.”