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Redevelopment of Aylesbury New Lodge gets the go ahead

Archived press release

Date Published: 04/07/06

Bromford Housing Group and Aylesbury Vale District Council signed an official agreement on Friday 30th June to redevelop Aylesbury New Lodge, Griffin Lane. Costing in the region of £10 million, the striking new purpose-built accommodation w...

Bromford Housing Group and Aylesbury Vale District Council signed an official agreement on Friday 30th June to redevelop Aylesbury New Lodge, Griffin Lane.

Costing in the region of £10 million, the striking new purpose-built accommodation will transform the existing facilities for individuals, homeless families and residents who have made the Lodge their home for several years.  Aylesbury Vale District Council is contributing £7.6 million to the scheme, which includes the land valued at £3.3 million. 

The redevelopment, to be named Griffin Place, will provide 105 rooms and flats including a ‘family crash pad’ (a double bedroom, two single beds, a kitchen and shower) available for families requiring immediate housing.   Residents will live in distinct buildings with separate secure entrances and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces offering a high level of support for residents from a central reception area, on-site management team and facilities for training and for family support.  The majority of homes will have their own kitchens and bathrooms and will offer a lifestyle as close to a normal domestic environment as possible.

Developers, John Laing Partnership, will now begin work on phase one of the construction comprising 84 homes scheduled for completion in September 2007.  Phase two will consist of a further 21 homes due for completion in June 2008.  The phased construction approach will allow long-term residents to transfer across to their new homes without leaving Griffin Lane.  A series of consultation meetings have kept residents informed throughout the planning process and 24 existing residents will be re-housed in the new development offering homes for 274 local people.

Development Manager, Frances Ramsay, commented: “We want to ensure that those currently living at The Lodge and in the vicinity of the proposed development understand how the development will impact on them, and the timescales that we are working to. Our aim is to ensure that we cause minimum disruption to residents.”

The new scheme of homes has been jointly funded via the Housing Corporation funding of £4.9m, AVDC funding of £7.6m and private funding from Bromford Housing Group.  AVDC Councillor Michael Edmonds, Cabinet Member for Housing, Environment and Health, said: “This is a great day in the history of the Lodge.  The new accommodation will make a very real improvement to the quality of life for existing residents of the Lodge and future residents and their families.  We’ve spent a lot of time listening to what people would like and need from the new facilities.  Providing better security through the design of the building and providing self-contained units in place of shared kitchen and bathroom facilities are just two of the residents’ requirements we have been able to meet.  A proportion of the units will also be wheelchair accessible so Griffin Place will be truly able to provide quality support and accommodation for all people, regardless of their circumstances.”

The homes will be available to let by tenants who are currently registered on the Aylesbury Vale District Council housing list.

For housing enquiries please contact 01296 585858.

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk