Supported living proposal for 180 Culver Road
Plans for a bespoke 23-bedroom building with 24-hour tailored support are being put forward by Two Saints housing association and supported by Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Two Saints run supported housing projects and support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Hampshire and beyond. They currently manage the facility at May Place in the town centre, which is no longer fit for purpose.
Subject to planning permission, it is proposed that the new Two Saints funded facility will be built on the land at 180 Culver Road. The current derelict building on this Hampshire County Council land will be knocked down.
Designed to meet the specific needs of its residents, this new facility will provide much-needed and improved homes and 24-hour tailored support to help people start or continue their journey away from homelessness.
Alongside the tremendous partnership work of the Basingstoke and Deane Social Inclusion Partnership, the homes will play a key role in supporting the borough council’s target to eradicate rough sleeping by 2024, as set out in its housing and homelessness strategy (Link to page).
Residents in the neighbouring area have been contacted about the scheme and everyone with an interest will be invited to view the full plans and ask questions and input their views in the coming weeks and months.
A full planning application is expected to be submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council soon.
The vision for the site
Early next year, Two Saints will be submitting a planning application to knock down the existing building at 180 Culver Road and replace it with a smart, new purpose-built supported living scheme for 23 Basingstoke and Deane residents to give them the best chance of a brighter future. Please see the brochure at the bottom of this page which highlights Two Saints' vision for the site.
This supported living service is designed to save lives. It will help homeless people on their journey away from the streets and into independent living with 24-hour tailored support for residents.
The new building will be more than a home, it will also be a place for residents to learn new skills and improve their chances of building a new, more successful life.
How can I find out more?
In January Two Saints shared their plans and offered people the chance to find out more details and ask questions.
There are still opportunities for contact over email, if you have any queries about the proposal please email CulverRd@twosaints.org.uk
Frequently asked questions
- What is supported living accommodation and how does it help people?
This supported living accommodation provides support and assistance to each individual resident (client) who lives at the service. The support is provided by trained staff teams who are on site all day and night, every day of the year.
Two Saints staff meet with clients each day to check on their welfare, to make plans for the day and to give them support and guidance which helps them to achieve their goals. We support clients to link in and engage with other agencies who work in the local area. For example, adult education, mental health teams, substance misuses teams, peer mentors, probation and the job centre.
Their aim is to help clients achieve:
- Better skills in managing a home and their tenancies, including being good neighbours
- Improved health and wellbeing
- Reduced isolation
- Increased safety of self and others
- Stable longer term accommodation
The support that clients receive is bespoke and intensive and it gives them the best chance of living a better and more independent life.
- How many staff member will be employed at the site?
The number of staff may vary, but there will always be two staff on site, 24 hours a day, as a minimum.
- What will the capacity be for residents?
There will be 23 bedrooms, some bedrooms may take couples.
- Do you know how long people would typically stay at the site?
Generally people will stay at the service for up to six months. Sometimes this may be longer depending on a person’s individual circumstances.
- Where do the residents for the site come from?
All clients have a local connection to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
- Where do the residents go to after their stay?
This depends on each individual person. Some clients move on to less intensive supported accommodation, some move into private rented or social housing and others may return home to family or friends.
- Would you be able to provide any details on the building work/design of the structure?
Two Saints can give more information about this in the new year and are waiting for feedback from their pre-planning application. Once they have received this they will be in a position to share their design for the support living site. This will subject to submitting and obtaining full planning permission.