Warrington building eyed for supported living development

Warrington building eyed for supported living development

A HISTORIC Warrington building is planned for a development that would see the addition of 11 new apartments.

An application has been submitted to the Planning Committee of Warrington Borough Council for the building, which is located at 27-29 Stanley Street, to be refurbished and converted into a block of 11 apartments.

Of these apartments, 10 will provide assisted living for 16 to 18 year olds who would be dropping out of the care system.

The official building application states that documents have been submitted in order to obtain approval for “modification, expansion and conversion”. [the] listed building to provide assisted living with associated works.’

In addition to the 10 subsidized apartments, one apartment is planned for use by overnight or residential staff.

The Stanley Street building is a Grade I listed building and is within the Palmyra Square Conservation Area, which means planning permission is more restricted due to the historical importance of the buildings.

“For young people, this type of housing plays an important role, as it enables the transition from care to independent living at the age of 18,” says the developer Casamount Developments Ltd.

“The young people often have traumatic childhoods behind them and were taken out of the care of their parents.

“These types of institutions develop the life skills of young people to live a full life in the community.”

The proposal would be operated and managed by BedSpace, a multi-award winning specialist organization providing medium to long term accommodation and tailored support for a range of people including youth, asylum seekers, the homeless and adults.’

Included in the plans is a proposal to demolish a building at the rear of the main building that would allow the construction of a two-story extension for the development.

The buildings on Stanley Street have been in Warrington since about the 1750s, hence their listed property status.

Casamount Developments concluded: “The proposed development would result in less than significant damage to designated cultural assets, with such damage clearly being outweighed by the public benefits of the program.

“The overall character and appearance of the nature reserve will be preserved.”

This development will be examined by the Council, with a decision expected by Monday 30 January.

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