Firm plans to build 42 affordable homes in Empingham

Beckworth Court in Empingham, which Spire Homes wants to knock down and build 42 dwellings in its place. Photo: Alan Walters
Beckworth Court in Empingham, which Spire Homes wants to knock down and build 42 dwellings in its place. Photo: Alan Walters

A sheltered housing complex could be knocked down to make way for 42 new homes, according to a new planning application.

Mark Anslow, on behalf of Spire Homes, has applied to demolish the buildings at Beckworth Court and Bayleys Close, Empingham, and redevelop the site into a mix of homes.

The plan is to knock down 10 three-bedroom houses, seven garages and a 29-bedroom sheltered housing complex to make way for the new homes.

According to a report by Jefferson Sheard Architects, submitted with the planning application last month, the existing buildings are dated and poorly spaced out, and the site is a “prime location for redevelopment to both replace the ageing housing stock and maximise the development potential”.

The report adds: “It is both our clients and our aim as architects to create a sustainable and appropriately-designed development of new-build affordable housing.”

Spire Homes currently owns and lets Beckworth Court. But the housing association is keen to make the site more desireable.

Head of housing services Paul Manning said: “Unfortunately, we have found that Beckworth Court has been a less and less popular retirement option for people and we have had some difficulty in letting the scheme.

“This is why we spoke to our residents in back in June to let them know that we were considering a variety of options – meeting individually with residents and their families, we outlined the potential for change and how we will work with them, should a decision to regenerate the area be taken.

“We have been in contact with our residents so they are up to date and making sure that they are aware of what is happening and the future of their scheme and their housing options are our top priority.”

Spire Homes has held several public consultation meetings and exhibitions on the plans.

The deadline for commenting on the planning application has now passed, but the plans can still be seen in full by searching for 2015/1075/MAJ at www.rutland.gov.uk.