Homes for Heroes set to be backed for flats

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HOMES for Heroes in Bognor Regis will be debated by councillors.

Armed Forces and Veterans Estates wants to provide affordable housing to members of the services and veterans in a former flats complex for elderly people.

The company’s plan to renovate Bickleys Court on Richmond Avenue into 48 flats for its Homes for Heroes initiative will be debated by councillors today (March 13).

It wants Arun District Council’s development control committee to remove a planning condition imposed in 1976 when Bickleys Court was approved which limited its residents to ‘elderly’ people.

Council planning officer Sue Leeson says in a report councillors should approve the change.

“The initiative (Homes for Heroes) is to provide affordable accommodation for military personnel.

“The scheme overcomes the difficulties of frequent posting and gaining the right priority on housing waiting lists,” she says.

Armed Forces and Veterans Estates have shown enough parking spaces will be available within the site

Removing a grass verge will enable 16 new spaces to be created to add to the current 13.

The amount of open space left will still be enough for the new residents, she states.

The 2.5-storey property was run by Anchor Housing Trust. It insisted all residents of its 38 studio flats, eight one-bed, one two-bed and one three-bed flats were aged at least 55.

No alterations to the building, on land formerly owned by Nyewood C of E School, are planned to mean nearby residents should be unaffected by the change.