Supported living vision for unused site
The proposal for the bespoke 23-bedroom building with 24-hour tailored support is being put forward and funded by Two Saints and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.
Two Saints run supported housing services and support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Hampshire and beyond and currently manage the scheme at May Place in the town centre, which is considered no longer fit for purpose.
It is proposed the new scheme, subject to obtaining planning permission, will be built on the land at 180 Culver Road, replacing the building that is owned by Hampshire County Council and which was previously used by the county council’s children’s services team.
Designed to meet the specific needs of its residents, this scheme will provide much-needed and improved living accommodation 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, it will play a key role in supporting the borough council’s goal to keep the number of people rough sleeping at zero, as set out in its housing and homelessness strategy.
It is hoped a full planning application will be submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s planning department in January.
Residents in the neighbouring area have already been written to about the proposal and will be offered the opportunity to view the full plans and ask questions and input their views in the New Year.
Steve Benson, Chief Executive for Two Saints said: “Through this new supported living accommodation, we’re building homes for a brighter future. It’s designed to give homeless and vulnerable people the very best chance to get their lives back on track.
“The building has been carefully considered so we can work individually with people. As there are many reasons for homelessness, we need to work on many different solutions. The new building will allow us to create a supportive but learning environment, where residents can develop the skills they need to take the first steps back to independence.”
The borough council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “The number of people sleeping on our streets currently stands at zero which is the target we have set ourselves to achieve by 2024. This number has fallen for the past four years thanks to commitment and passion of the social inclusion partnership and innovative thinking and joint working.
“May Place has served us well for many years however we cannot miss an opportunity for a brand new bespoke facility provided by Two Saints to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents in the borough. Unique opportunities like this are the result of joint working, something we do very well in this borough, I’d like to thank Two Saints, Hampshire County Council, borough council officers and my fellow borough councillors Cllr Michael Westbrook and Cllr Jack Cousens for enabling us to collectively reach this point.”
Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Human Resources and Performance, Councillor Stephen Reid, said: “We are very pleased to be working alongside Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Two Saints towards a new vision for the land at 180 Culver Road. Following the necessary planning approvals, this site will become an important resource for some of the area’s most vulnerable people, helping to foster a more inclusive and cohesive Basingstoke community.”
For more information on the plans and to keep up to date on opportunities to find out more and give your views visit www.twosaints.org.uk/culver-road/ or www.basingstoke.gov.uk/culver-road