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New housing development in Bath gets green light

18 September 2017

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Hanover Housing Association, a specialist housing provider for the over 55s, has been granted planning permission from Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) to develop an innovative housing development in Lansdown Road.

The new development - which will be run in partnership with B&NES - will create 72 one and two bedroom affordable apartments and set new standards for age-exclusive housing in the region. Over half of the apartments will be set aside as shared ownership properties, adding to the appeal of the new build.

The site is part of the former Ministry of Defence site in the Ensleigh North area of Bath, which has been empty for some years. The plans will help transform the landscape into an attractive development in keeping with the surrounding area. It is ideally located within the World Heritage City boundaries and is adjacent the boundary to the Bath Conservation Area.

Claire Anderson, Deputy Director of Development for Hanover, said: ‘We are delighted that this exciting development has been given approval. It will allow us to develop high quality, spacious apartments which compliment the other developments currently underway. Along with providing apartments specifically designed for older people, residents will benefit from having local support services and an on-site club room, bistro and hairdressers.’

Cllr Paul Myers, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic & Community Regeneration, said: ‘Meeting the housing needs of our older population is a priority for the Council. This housing development will be a valuable resource, allowing older people to retain their independence whilst receiving the care and support they need.

‘I am delighted that this development has been designed with older people in mind.  It sets a really high standard for the quality of older people's housing that we wish to see delivered across the district. Its mix of affordable rented and shared ownership units will make a difference to the lives of many more Bath residents than the current provision allows.’

Hanover is a not-for-profit organisation with a trusted reputation built up over 50 years. Any surplus it makes is reinvested into maintaining its properties, improving services and building more homes for older people. It manages around 19,000 properties across the country, including the likes of Sheppards Gardens and Kaynton Mead in Bath.

Work on the development is set to begin shortly, with anticipated completion in the spring of 2019. To register interest in one of the shared ownership properties, please contact Hanover’s sales team on 01480 223179 or via email to