The former 1960s building fell below the standards Cottsway wanted for its homes and has now been demolished. The new building being built in it’s place will offer improved, modern living standards for new residents with the replacement of small bedsit accommodation with more spacious one and two-bedroom apartments.
Working on behalf of Cottsway, EG Carter Ltd started redeveloping Lavender Place in September 2020 and Feltham Construction began work at Blenheim Court in August 2020.
There were some delays to work at the Lavender site due to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, but both sites are due to be completed next year – Lavender in the spring and Blenheim in the summer.
Vivian Rosser, Chief Executive of Cottsway, said: “It’s great to see that construction on site is progressing well. These apartments are being built to a high standard offering customers modern, comfortable accommodation with attractive features. Demand for affordable housing of this kind is high in West Oxfordshire and Cottsway is absolutely committed to developing more new homes for people in housing need, while continuing to invest in our current homes. This development will help make a real difference to those in need and what’s more, we’re ensuring that we’re installing features to ensure they’re future-proofed for more low carbon living.
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Leader Cllr Michele Mead has visited the development site in the past week to see how they are progressing.
She said: “Housing is a key priority for us as a district council. We are keen on supporting residents by working with partner organisations to deliver quality, modern homes at an affordable rate. I look forward to seeing the complete transformation on these redeveloped sites when they are released by Cottsway in 2022.”
Cllr Merilyn Davies, the council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “There's nothing more important than having a place to call home, and everyone should have the right to a home they can afford. I’m pleased that this development in Bampton will soon be available for people over 55 in our District looking to rent high quality affordable homes.
“One of one key priorities as a council is to meet the affordable housing needs of our residents and this development will provide 18 apartments for social rent to meet some of these needs.”