Future of sheltered housing uncertain

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THE future of two sheltered housing complexes is uncertain after a housing provider launched a consultation scheme.

Tremeduna Grange, in Trimdon Village, could be demolished as part of a housing review by livin, which was formerly Sedgefield Borough Homes.

Thurlow Grange, in Sedgefield, could also be demolished and redeveloped as bungalows under the scheme.

The complexes are two of 13 similar developments across the Sedgefield area, where residents are being asked for their views in a six-week consultation.

Bosses at livin say Tremeduna Grange, near Front Street, has a low occupancy rate, with nine units filled and 14 left empty.

Thurlow Grange, in Thurlow Road, has 10 occupied units and 21 standing empty.

Alan Boddy, executive director people and communities for livin, said on average, 30 per cent of livin’s sheltered housing schemes are empty, with some more than 50 per cent unoccupied and added this figure is expected to increase.

He added: “We fully appreciate the sensitivities when discussing the future of someone’s home and understand proposals may not be welcomed by all tenants.

“Rest assured, our team will be listening very carefully to tenants’ views and no decision will be made about the proposals until the consultation period has closed and all tenants will be given every opportunity to have their say on the proposals.”

Other options being considered include redeveloping the sites for new affordable homes.

Tenants and their families are being consulted on a one-to-one basis and are being given the chance to have their say and give feedback.

The consultation period ends at noon on April 20.

A final decision is expected at the end of May.