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Update regarding Beulah Court

Published 27 May 2022

We have been considering the development of Beulah Court for a number of years. We had hoped to refurbish the facility but the pandemic, which delayed progress on the scheme, and the subsequent economic conditions have impacted on our options for the scheme.

Over the last three years we have been looking at various ways to retain and improve the scheme, in line with what the remaining residents wanted however, this is not possible.

That is why we have made the extremely difficult decision to close Beulah Court.

A number of factors have been considered in making this decision:

  • There is a higher demand for family homes in the Knottingley area which we can’t ignore.
  • The cost of improving a scheme like this to the standards of quality and safety we expect of all of our properties has two implications.The first is the financial cost of the work needed which is unaffordable and doesn’t deliver value for rent payer’s money.  The only way to make these works affordable would be to significantly increase rent and service charges for residents within the scheme now and in the future. This would then have an impact on the affordability of these properties, impacting on demand now and in the future.
  • We are aware of a care provider in Knottingley who has recently had planning approval to build independent living accommodation close by, impacting on the future demand for this type of WDH accommodation in Knottingley.

Beulah Court will therefore be closed, demolished and a new housing scheme will be considered on the site that meets the needs of local residents. 

We appreciate this is a difficult for the tenants, their families and Knottingley residents, however we have set out our reasons for making this difficult decision and we must continue to provide the types of housing that the community of Knottingley needs.

Our team has met with residents and is now working closely with them and their families to make sure that they are supported.

 

 

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