This unique development has been supported and partially grant funded by Blaby District Council and Homes England.
Councillor Les Phillimore, Blaby District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Housing and Environmental Services, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this new housing project which will provide much-needed, supported accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“The scheme is a fantastic example of organisations working in partnership to deliver first-class facilities for our communities. We all look forward to seeing the accommodation completed, welcoming the new residents and to seeing them thrive on their journey to independent living.”
The apartments will be let at social rent and owned and managed by Norton Housing and Support. The Leicestershire-based charity and registered housing association supports adults with mental health needs and women at risk of homelessness.
The site, off Grove Road in Blaby is Norton Housing and Support’s first purpose-built development scheme. Pelham are working with them as development agents to support this small housing association bring their home-building ambitions to life.
The new self-contained homes will offer residents an enhanced housing management support service, to enable independent living for people in need.
Sue Cowling, Chief Executive at Norton Housing and Support said: “Whilst Norton has been supporting people with mental health needs in the Leicester/shire area for over 38 years, this will be our first new build scheme, and first development of this size. This is an exciting time for us and more importantly, an opportunity to provide much-needed homes for people in need, within such a thriving community. As a small organisation we couldn’t have done this alone and we thank our partners, Pelham, Blaby District Council and Modus for their support in ensuring this schemes success.”
Modus Partnerships have worked with Leicestershire-based IMA Architects in designing the two modern, two-storey blocks that will blend into the local environment and respect neighbouring properties.
Danny Lang, Director from Modus Partnerships, commented: “We’re delighted to have brought this opportunity to our joint delivery partners Norton Housing and Pelham to provide this much-needed accommodation. We’re really pleased how IMA Architects have met with the challenges presented and integrated their design into the environment. Along with our chosen sustainable form of construction and enhanced energy efficiencies, we’re looking forward to delivering this high-quality scheme.”
The development is expected to be completed in spring 2024.
Fran Cropper, Development and New Business Manager for Pelham said: “We are delighted to be working with our partner Norton Housing and Support as a member of the Blue Skies Consortium to deliver bespoke mental health housing to Blaby. We recognise the difficulty of delivering technically demanding schemes such as this, and make it our mission to deliver homes on time, within budget and to the highest standards. We’d like to extend our gratitude to Blaby District Council and Homes England for their unwavering support for this vitally important scheme.”