Proposals for new move-on housing on former Hollingbury library site

Residents have a chance to discuss proposals to build new 'move-on' housing at drop-in sessions in at the Old Boat Corner Community Centre.

The proposal is to develop 13 flats on the site of the former Hollingbury Library for people ready to move from higher support accommodation into self-contained homes.

The drop-in sessions are being held between 3.30pm and 6pm on Monday 3 June and between 6pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 6 June. 

Residents who can’t make the sessions can have their say through an online survey on our consultation portal. The online survey is open from Friday 31 May until Friday 28 June.

The project will be partly-funded through a £750,000 government grant through Homes England.

Tackling homelessness in the city

The proposed new ‘move-on’ homes will be for people who have previously been homeless and are ready to live in their own self-contained flat with support. 

Everyone moving in would be assessed to make sure they’re ready to take the next step towards independent living.

Councillor John Allcock, chair of the council's Housing & New Homes Committee, said: “During the recent local elections, many residents told us that they were concerned about the levels of homelessness in the city and it is our priority to do all we can to support people back into secure housing.

“Self-contained housing for people moving on from higher need services is a vital part of our efforts to tackle homelessness in the city and frees up space elsewhere.

“This type of accommodation has proved a great success in helping people rebuild their lives elsewhere in the city and we hope residents will understand and support the proposals to provide this new purpose-built housing.”

Next steps

All responses to the consultation will be put together in a report to the Housing & New Homes Committee in September and the decision on whether or not to proceed with the proposals will be made there.

If approved, the scheme will be developed through our New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme building new rented council housing for the city.

The Homes England funding must be taken by March 2021. If the scheme looks unlikely to go ahead at that point, the grant investment risks being lost to the city.

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