Southam Library – Initial Draft Plans (Now Closed)
Orbit Homes, with support of the local councils, is proposing to develop new Extra Care Housing for older people in Southam, replacing the vacant Victor Hodges House. The new development will incorporate a range of facilities including a new library and community hub.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT
This will take place at Southam Library (High Street, Southam, Leamington Spa CV47 0HB) on:
- Tuesday 21st February 2012 between 3pm and 7pm and
- Saturday 25th February 2012 between 10am and 1pm.
What is Extra Care Housing?
With the number older residents in Warwickshire set to rise, such housing is designed with the needs of older person (over 55 years) in mind. It provides varying levels of care and support whilst allowing all residents within the development to maintain their independence.
People who live in Extra Care Housing have their own self-contained homes with their own front doors. It is often a popular choice as it offers significant advantages for older people who wish to maintain their independence in a housing environment, whilst having access to care and support services and a range of facilities and activities.
Proposed Community Facilities
As well as providing apartments for both rent and sale, the scheme will also include a new café/bistro together with other facilities which would allow complementary services to operate from the building. All will be available for use by the wider community of Southam.
As part of the redevelopment, a new library, community facilities, Council One Stop Shop and neighbourhood police facility are to be provided. The new library will create a modern facility providing improved accommodation and facilities. Whilst an improved One Stop Shop will also be created enabling residents to access and deal with Council business in one place.
Orbit is committed to providing Extra Care for the people of Southam and surrounding areas, where the need for this has been identified. The additional shared community spaces, including the Library and Police Safe Neighbourhood Office are designed to energise and improve the town centre.
To date, we have received a number of comments in respect of the inclusion of the Cardall Collection. Work is being done to accommodate this, but it will need to be a realistic use of shared space.
The scheme is being developed jointly with Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Stratford District Council and Southam Town Council.
All these bodies are actively involved in the formation of the scheme and support the aims and ambitions of the development.
All parties consider it essential that the site is redeveloped in a way that makes the best use of the land, while ensuring that it is an asset to the town. As such as many trees on the site are to be kept whilst large areas of open space are to be retained, providing both formal and informal leisure space.
TOWN RESIDENTS VIEWS ARE IMPORTANT
The plans displayed are initial draft plans aimed at keeping residents of Southam up to date with the progress of the proposals.
In addition to the ground floor plan, the upper floors of the proposed development, which are predominately residential units, are now available below. It is important to understand that these are aspirational plans and are subject to Planners’ comments and the outcome of the Public Consultation. It may not be possible to accommodate everyone’s
The plans above are indicative and are available to widen the scheme for comment to the general public in the area prior to the consultation event which is to take place in February (dates above). The plans were used as the basis of two design workshops which were open to the Stakeholders involved in the scheme.
Should you wish to comment on the current draft proposals you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that these plans are initial proposals and are still being developed, whilst consultation with the Planning Authority and other statutory bodies, including those above and those who would occupy the community facilities is still being undertaken.
PLEASE NOTE: PUBLIC CONSULTATION REGARDING THESE PLANS HAS NOW CLOSED
THE ABOVE / ATTACHED IS THEREFORE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY
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