Vulnerable young people aged between 16 and 25 will have the opportunity to move into a new affordable housing development at 52 Reading Road, Wokingham following a successful planning application from Wokingham Housing Limited (WHL). Wokingham Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for the development last week.
The build will consist of seven bedsitting rooms and two studio flats, a communal living area, a communal kitchen/diner, a staff office which includes an overnight room. There will also be on-site parking bays, a motor cycle bay, cycle storage for up to ten bikes and a private garden area.
As the Council’s housing development company, WHL is committed to building social and affordable housing for all the community and this supported scheme will help young people in the Borough to make a successful transition into adulthood and living independently.
The development will take place on council owned land following the demolition of a dilapidated house that was once used as council offices. The project will be funded partly by a grant of over £300,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Bill Flood, Managing Director of Wokingham Housing Limited said: “I am delighted that planning approval has been granted for this development that will house young care leavers from the Borough. What I am most pleased about is how quickly this scheme was progressed through the planning process by using a collaborative approach with the Council and our architects. We have achieved a first rate design that will sit really well within the local area, which through focussing our effort means we are able to benefit from a significant grant of over £300,000 towards building the scheme by being on site before the end of March.”
Young people will be able to move in to their new homes by March 2018.