How Street development gets go ahead

From l-r, Paul Barnard, Assistant Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure joins Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, Nicola Greenfield, Area Manager for BCHA and Marc Nash, Director of Architects Design Group at the How Street site.

Planning permission for 12 brand new apartments specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities has been approved.

The self-contained, one bedroom Extra Care flats with staff available on site, will be built on a currently empty plot in How Street.

Designs show communal areas as well as sleep-in facilities for carers with rents capped at Local Housing Allowance rates.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning said: “I am delighted that we are able to deliver on one of our key pledges by providing quality homes for those who really need it.

“How Street is located in a conservation area and therefore is required by planning rules to use high quality materials to match existing historic buildings.

“I hope that the finished building will become happy homes for many people over many years to come.”

Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, added: “We believe that by making this investment up front and providing these much needed homes, we will not only support people to live more independent lives but will also relieve pressure on social care budgets in the future.”

When complete, the flats will be owned and managed by the BCHA, a charitable housing association who are already very active in the city.

Martin Hancock, BCHA Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be able to invest even more into Plymouth and provide more affordable homes. This development is a brilliant example of partnership working and willingness of the City Council to do all it can to help local people benefit from the most appropriate accommodation for their needs.

BCHA have also helped with the funding on the project, adding £785,000 of its own resources and funding to £640,000 invested by the Homes England (formerly the Home and Communities Agency) and a further £475,000 from Plymouth City Council. The council funding has come from the Plan for Homes Initiative, the Specialist Housing Fund and from S106 contributions.

Furthermore, the land on which the homes will be built has been sold to BCHA at a rate below the market value, as part of the Plan for Homes programme to increase all forms of new housing in the city to meet specialist and supported housing needs.

The building has been designed by the Architects Design Group. Marc Nash, Project Director for ADG, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work on the designs for this building and hope that our locally based design team can provide an architectural solution that everyone involved can be proud of and that the residents will enjoy for many years to come.”

It is hoped that work will begin in the Spring and be completed by the summer of 2019.