Council approves budget for Ashcroft House redevelopment scheme
Released: Friday, 16 July 2021
Empty sheltered housing accommodation in Shoreham is one step closer to redevelopment after councillors approved the budget which will allow the project to move forward.
Adur District Council's Joint Strategic Committee also agreed the preferred redevelopment option to demolish the main block at Ashcroft Sheltered Housing Scheme in Kingston Lane, with plans to build more than 40 one and two bedroom flats in its place.
A proportion of the new flats would also have wheelchair access with common areas, lifts and car parking.
The eight bungalows on the site would remain and be refurbished to increase energy efficiency, and new kitchens and bathrooms installed where necessary.
The release of £540,000 from the development programme contingency budget will allow the council to move towards gaining planning permission for the redevelopment.
The total cost of the development will be around £11 million and the council anticipates securing £3.6 million of external funding to support the project.
Residents moved out of Ashcroft House early last year after a fire risk assessment found serious issues with the building's evacuation procedure. Further investigation found that the flats were in need of more fire resistance measures and a change of layout to ensure the residents' safety.
The building, which has been occupied by council tenants since 1982, has no lifts or wheelchair accessible flats and does not meet modern sheltered housing standards. Services including the communal heating system also need replacing.
All residents who moved out of the old block will be offered a home in the new building.
Cllr Carson Albury, Adur's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:
“The approval of the preferred redevelopment option and release of the budget to take this project forward is a positive step as we improve housing in the district for our residents.
“This will allow us to take the development through the planning process so that the residents of Ashcroft House can return to accommodation which will not only cater to their needs, but is also safe and up to the required standards.”
Cllr Emma Evans, Adur's Executive Member for Environment, also asked that a blue plaque commemorating comedian Max Miller be preserved when demolition work starts.
The redevelopment of Ashcroft House is part of Adur District Council's Pathways to Affordable Homes plan to deliver a minimum of 200 homes by 2025.
Photo: Ashcroft House, Shoreham
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