Sheltered housing scheme in the west gets the green light

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Plans to build ‘fit for purpose’ sheltered housing in Peel have been approved.

The Peel and Western District Housing Committee’s have been given the green light (14/01136/B) for a 40-unit sheltered housing scheme on land next to Croit Ny Greiney, in Douglas Road.

It would accommodate the current residents of phases two and three of Westlands.

In the application Peel and Western District Housing Committee outlined major changes to sheltered housing.

It wants to demolish the bungalows and flats at Westlands deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ and replace them with homes that will be fit for purpose for at least the next 50 years.

The committee states that in future it wants to demolish Westlands’ phases two and three and replace it with a 33-unit sheltered scheme.

It also wants to demolish the west end of phase one and 12 bungalows and extend and refurbish the existing phase one building to provide 39 units. The remaining 12 bungalows would then be converted to six mobility bungalows.

The committee describes Westlands as ‘dated and substandard’, most of which does not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

It states the 44-year-old sheltered housing scheme does not meet the needs of the existing tenants and is also not attractive to applicants on the waiting list or tenants who could transfer from and release public sector houses.

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