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Extra Care on Valentine’s Day

Sutton Housing Society (SHS) welcomed many colleagues from the worlds of Health and Social Care to Cloverdale Court on Tuesday 14 February, as it held its first “Professionals Open Day”. Together with its partners on site, Absolute Care and Triangle Community Services, the event was held to highlight the excellent homes and services available for older people at Cloverdale Court in Wallington.

SHS owns and manages the building; there are 43 self-contained 1 bedroomed flats at Cloverdale Court; there are communal lounges should people wish to socialise as well as a hairdressing room, laundry, a sensory room for therapy and relaxation together with spacious well-kept gardens. Absolute Care are on site 24/7 and provide the care needed for individuals living at the scheme and Triangle Community Services runs the Day Centre, providing meals and stimulation to many older people.

The event was well attended with over 10 different organisations taking part. SHS’ Operations Director, Glynis Gatenby, said “I am delighted with how the day went and very much welcomed the opportunity to showcase the great services and homes provided for older people at Cloverdale Court.”

To find out more about Cloverdale Court, please contact Sutton Housing Society on 0208 642 1500.

To view the images from the event, please click here.

Property News

Bond Gardens Redevelopment – On 28 September 2016 we were granted full Planning Permission for the redevelopment of 21 Bond Gardens. We have now entered into a ‘design and build’ contract with Skillcrown Homes for the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a block of 23 one bed flats for older persons.

Possession of the site was passed to Skillcrown on 5 December 2016 and the demolition stage of the project is now complete. The contract duration is 18 months with completion scheduled for July 2018.

Bond Gardens is a crowded street and the development will be a challenging one for the contractors. We are working with residents and Beddington Infants’ School to address safety and access issues.  We will continue to work with and look to protect important stakeholders.

The drainage and foundations are now in place. Work is underway on the ground floor slab and lift core. Scaffolding has been erected to provide access for the installation of the timber frame.

Harding House – Originally bought “off the shelf” from a developer in 1991, the building comprised of 12 bedsit flats over three floors. In 2016 Sutton Housing Society was granted Planning Permission to build three storey extensions to the side and rear of the property.  In November 2016 we entered into a contract for the works with D V Read and Son (Surrey).  The contract will run for six months.  The project will produce three studio apartments and nine one bed flats.  The entire building will be refurbished.  Lettings will be at social housing rents to older persons with a connection to Sutton.

There have been delays to the project for a number of reasons including unforeseen ground conditions and difficulties in finding specialist contractors. We believe all delays have now been addressed and the project is scheduled to complete with all 12 flats ready to let at the beginning of August.

Stock Reinvestment / Asset Management – As a charity (a ‘registered society’ under the Community Benefit Societies Act) Sutton Housing Society does not pay dividends to shareholders or allow profits to be taken out of the company. Instead, any profits or surpluses are reinvested into our existing buildings or used to buy or construct new ones.  In 2017 we will install new lifts in three of our schemes (Ronald House, Old Brewery House and Norman House).  We will replace kitchens in our properties at Killburns Mill Close and windows at Lancelot House.  We will also carry out planned maintenance – eg: internal and external decorations at several of our larger schemes.

The housing shortage has been recognised as a crisis by all political parties. The Government have described the housing market as ‘broken’. Sutton HS is a member of the National Housing Federation (NHF). As a body and voluntary sector associations are working now and are ready to do more to make their contribution to solving the crisis. The attached flyer from the NHF sets out some of the sector’s proposals. Click here to visit the NHF website.(www.housing.org.uk)

What’s in a name?

What does the word “Sheltered” mean to you? For many people it means protected from danger or looked after. It has also been the word used across the country for many housing schemes that are specifically for older people.

SHS and many other landlords often refer to “sheltered housing”. However, times move on and the London Borough of Sutton has changed the term “sheltered housing scheme” to “Independent Housing for Older People”.  It’s a bit wordier but in reality it does more accurately describe this type of housing, particularly where there are no permanent on-site staff or support services provided.

Over the coming months, SHS will update its literature and website to reflect this name change.

Kent Court, Hackbridge

In April 2016 our new scheme, Kent Court, was handed over to the Society by the builders (Skillcrown Homes). The development of 12 flats was fully let within a week of the handover. Sutton Housing Society funded the acquisition of the site (a derelict factory) and the redevelopment from its own reserves. All of the flats have level access showers and access to Wi-Fi. The flats provide badly needed social housing for rent and the building significantly improves the local environment.

The development was named after Steve Kent. Steve served the Society as a trustee and a voluntary Board and Committee Member for over 20 years until his retirement in March 2016.

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“We wanted to move down from Manchester to the Sutton area of London to be near to our daughter and granddaughter. We joined Sutton Housing’s Waiting List and was very happy to receive a call from the Housing Team saying that we had been shortlisted for a new development called Kent Court in Hackbridge. We have now lived here for 4 months and it is the best move we could have made. The size and layout of our flat is perfect for the two of us and the location, with nearby shops, bus routes and train station, makes it easy for us to get around. We are so pleased that we made that first step and applied to go onto Sutton’s waiting list and grateful to Sutton Housing Society for offering us this lovely property.”