Thorngate Living gets green light to build new homes

Date: 02-02-2016 Ref: News Release 01/2016

Thorngate Living’s plans to build new homes in Gosport have been given the green light by Gosport Borough Council. The charitable trust, originally established in 1868, has secured planning consent for its new development at Melrose Gardens where it will provide a total of 12 new homes for older people.

As with all Thorngate Living’s housing schemes, the new homes will benefit from on-site, 24 hour warden support. The development includes a new residents’ lounge and community space. And an innovative feature of the new housing is that the front doors will open onto a bright communal atrium allowing residents to meet and socialise under cover, whatever the weather. Soft and hard landscaping will provide new gardens and recreational areas for all residents at Melrose Gardens.

Two of the 12 homes will be part of an extension to the existing Clare House, the remaining 10 forming a new, modern, low-environmental-impact scheme.

Anne Taylor, Chief Executive of Thorngate Almshouse Trust, said: “I am thrilled that, after having worked carefully with our architects and surveyors to come up with a cost-effective and innovative proposal, we have finally secured planning consent for this important new development. We have long waiting lists of people wanting to live in our schemes and these new homes will be a big help.

Don Lucas, chairman of the Trust’s Board of Trustees and former mayor of Gosport added: “We started pre-application consultations with Gosport Council as far back as May 2014 and I am pleased that the Council has now given consent. The new development illustrates how the Trust, founded in the 1860s, is flourishing and delivering its charitable mission to help more people in Gosport.”

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