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Ex-soldiers top of the list for new council homes

Swindon Road WebFormer soldiers will be top of the queue for a new council home at the Swindon Road development, thanks to a proposal adopted by Cheltenham Borough Council on 29th April.

In a move, the first of its kind for Cheltenham, the 10 new council owned homes we are building on the former commercial site at Swindon Road will be offered first to veterans and their families. There are no time restrictions for how long a veteran needs to have served in the armed forces in order to be considered for these homes.

Based near the town centre with easy access to support networks, the new properties are being built to be adaptable, lifetime homes and have been designed to encourage a feeling of community.

This decision supports CBC’s commitment to the Gloucestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant. This covenant aims to support the Armed Forces community living and working in Gloucestershire and help integrate veterans into civilian life.

Councillor Peter Jeffries, CBC’s Cabinet member for Housing, who served in the armed forces for three years, said: “I know only too well the difficulties facing services personnel entering back into civilian life, after such a disciplined and regimented lifestyle.

“This can be further complicated if they are recovering after being wounded or even living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so being able to offer accommodation where there are fellow ex-comrades gives a new dimension to peer support. This is proving to be a successful means of settling veterans back into life after serving their country.

He added:

“We’re honoured to be able to show that Cheltenham is supporting our veterans and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome them into our community.”

We are building the Swindon Road housing scheme in collaboration with Cheltenham Borough Council. Once completed the scheme will deliver 10 new homes; five 1 bed flats, three 2 bed flats and two 2 bed houses.

Properties are being built in partnership with J Harper and Sons Limited (Leominster) and PMP Consultants. The development is due for completion in February 2017.

If you’re a veteran and you’re interested in being considered for one of these homes please contact the CBH Housing Options Team on HousingRegister@cheltenham.gov.uk or in person at Cheltenham First Stop, 301-305 Cheltenham High Street, GL50 3HW. Applicants can register their interest online through Gloucestershire Homeseeker at www.gloshomeseeker.co.uk

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Notes for editors

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Press contact: Catherine Best e: catherine.best@cbh.org t: 01242 775317  

 
 

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