Marika 3! A New Single Person Unit

It might not be the most exciting name at the moment, but it is going to be a life changing project for one of the people we support.

In our continual drive towards increasing personalisation, we are building a one person, self contained unit in the grounds of Marika House.

This been designed specifically for one of the people who live in the main house. They have been having increasing problems sharing the main house with other people, but really wanted to stay.

So, after a lot of conversations with everyone, getting planning permission and finally, approval by building control, work has started!

It will be a little bit of madness around the home for the next 20 weeks. We will be minimising the effects for all and hoping for a dry summer.

So, the trucks and diggers are moving on to the site…

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And the hole for the foundations has started to be dug…

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And a fence to keep everyone safe.

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Planning Permission for Change of Use of Our Basingstoke homes

Some of you may know that last year Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council planning department decided that we needed to apply for planning permission for change of use of our homes to ‘Residential Institutions’. This is because of some recent case law that has changed what planning class our homes may be in. The law is still rather vague in this area, with different local authorities making different decisions. However, we are pleased to say that all of our homes now have the planning permission as required by Basingstoke & Deane.

Unfortunately, Homelands, a home owned by The Loddon School also had to apply for planning permission, but their application was denied, despite the house being used for 13 out of the last 17 years as a children’s home. The School will be appealing this decision and The Loddon School will not see the children homeless but will ensure they are living together whatever the outcome. A facebook cause has been set up to show support for these 4 children who will have to find somewhere else to live. Click here to join the cause.