Monday, 23 July 2018

Plans to redevelop social housing

PLANS have been drawn up to transform a social housing site in Shiplake.

PLANS have been drawn up to transform a social housing site in Shiplake.

South Oxfordshire Housing Association is to apply for planning permission to redevelop Sidney Harrison House, off Mill Road, where there were 18 tenants in 14 flats and four bungalows.

It proposes to build a three-storey block of 12 “affordable” flats on half the land and develop the other half privately.

The flats would be for the over-55s and five of them would have one bedroom and the other seven would have two.

The community room at the existing Sidney Harrison House would be replicated in the new building but would be larger.

The other part of the site would have four five- bedroom houses, which would be sold on the open market.

These would be semi-detached in line with the existing street pattern.

The plans, which were drawn up by TSH Architects, of Oxford, show two new exits on Mill Lane. Each exit would be shared by two of the houses.

Soha says it would re-invest the income from the sale of the houses in affordable  housing.

It was announced in October 2014 that Sidney Harrison House would close and the tenants would be moved out.

Soha hosted public meetings with residents and guaranteed all services would remain in place until all the residents had a new home.

There was also consultation with Shiplake Parish Council and South Oxfordshire District Council.

Tudor Taylor, chairman of the parish council, said it was likely the council would support the redevelopment.

He said: “In principle we’re very much in favour of retirement housing and it needs to be funded by residential development.”

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