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South Street Project

Published on 13 December 2019 09:46 AM

PLANS for a new Age UK Lindsey development, including apartments, the charity’s headquarters and a variety of support and social services, have been met with approval by staff and volunteers of the organisation during a recent consultation event at Horncastle's community centre.

Earlier in the month, Andrew Storer, chief executive officer of the charity, addressed town councillors and described how the development, in South Street, Horncastle, would be a “unique, fantastic and exciting development” for the town. Now with outline planning permission secured (with thanks to Key Fund for their support in the process), Andrew and the team at Age UK Lindsey are keen to move the project forward, with high hopes for solid progression in 2020.

The proposed three-storey complex – to be built on land purchased with funds from a legacy – will be home to conference facilities, an enterprise zone, retail units, a training and learning area, Age UK Lindsey offices and craft and laundry areas. There will also be 12 one or two-bedroom apartments.

At the recent staff and volunteer consultation, CEO Andrew was keen to point out that the finer details are yet to be ironed out, depending on recommendations and the demand for different types of living accommodation.

He explained: “The flats may be rented or purchased; we are looking into that at the minute. The majority will more likely be rented and some will have shared ownership.

“The homes will be for local people and for the over 50s only. Each will be self-contained, there will be a number of parking spaces available for residents who drive, in addition to a dedicated mobility shelter with charging points for scooters. To the rear, there will be a 'peace garden', which will be a lovely place in which to relax. We believe that these current plans reflect the current needs of the community and of Age UK Lindsey.”

These latest plans represent an updated design following initial artists’ impressions that were put together earlier this year. They include the addition of Lincolnshire red brick with slate roofing and have been warmly welcomed by interested parties.

Age UK Lindsey Business Development Manager Claire Goff said: “We think this is a great project, which will offer better facilities and better ways to help people. We can, in the long run, provide more cost effective services.

“I am looking forward to the potential for foot care, hair services and ballroom dancing! There is the opportunity for many more activities, especially with the proposed new craft room.”

Trustee Claire Parker continued: “I think it is wonderful and very exciting. The project has been a long time in the making and now something tangible is coming to fruition – this is our way of future-proofing.”


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