Plans entered to demolish Sedgefield sheltered housing scheme as part of multi-million pound upgrade (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Plans entered to demolish Sedgefield sheltered housing scheme as part of multi-million pound upgrade
4:50pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A TIRED and under-occupied sheltered housing complex could soon be replaced with a £2.3m development of purpose-built bungalows and apartments.
Social housing provider livin has submitted plans to demolish Thurlow Grange in Sedgefield to make way for 21 new homes, primarily aimed at older people and those with mobility problems.
It is part of the first phase of a multi-million pound housing upgrade that will see livin demolish nine sheltered housing schemes and refurbish four by 2024.
The major upgrade follows a steady decline in uptake at Grayson Grange, Butterby Grange and King William Grange, in Spennymoor; Cleves Cross Grange and Dean Bank Grange, in Ferryhill; Simpasture Court, Gilpin Court and White House, in Newton Aycliffe, along with West Close, Shildon; Thurston Grange, West Cornforth; Rosewood Grange, Chilton; Thurlow Grange and Tremeduna Grange, in Trimdon.
Despite weekly adverts and open days, the properties, many of which were tiny bedsits, stood empty for up to five years.
Ian Brown, head of development and allocations for livin, said Thurlow Grange had been half empty for a number of years.
“Thurlow Grange is part of a wider programme that will see livin redevelop nine unpopular sheltered housing schemes, providing up to 100 new homes for older residents and investment of up to £9m in local communities,” he said.
“The new homes will provide much needed high quality affordable homes to the area and have been built to strict environmental standards offering tenants a range of energy saving features that will help to save money on utility bills well as being more environmentally responsible.”
Early last year, during a public consultation, the families of some residents expressed concerns that their loved ones would be confused and become isolated by any move.
However, livin pledged to support all residents during the work by either helping them to find an alternative home or by giving them priority for a property at the new development.
Since then, all of the Thurlow Grange residents have found new homes and have received help to redecorate and carpet the properties.
Work on the new homes is expected to start next March and take 12 months to complete.
The homes will be let through the Durham Key Options (DKO) choice based lettings scheme.
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