Multi-million investment plans for Grove Court

Thrive Homes is consulting with residents regarding ambitious plans to make multi-million improvements to its sheltered scheme at Grove Court in Croxley Green.

The housing association is proposing to invest £10 million in demolishing and rebuilding Grove Court to provide more high quality, well designed new-build homes which are better suited to the needs of current residents and new customers.

Grove Court was built nearly 50 years ago and is no longer suited to the style of modern living enjoyed by older people today. The sheltered scheme provides predominantly bedsit accommodation which is now outdated and in need of much improvement. Increasingly, older residents are preferring to stay in mainstream accommodation with individual tailored support arrangements.

Up to 50 affordable rent apartments are planned, built to the Lifetime Homes Standard which ensures properties are accessible and inclusive so older people can stay in their homes for longer. Special design features are incorporated to improve comfort and convenience, such as wider doorways and level thresholds, to support the changing needs of residents throughout their life.

All the apartments will have their own independent outdoor space.

Details of the proposal have been shared with residents who will be guaranteed one of the new, modern apartments. Thrive will help residents to find a suitable alternative home while the building work is being carried out and will help to make the moving process as straightforward as possible. All those affected will receive a home loss payment plus free professional removals and disturbance costs.

Thrive will be meeting all residents on a one-to-one basis to explain more about the proposal and to answer questions and alleviate any concerns.

Initial plans are being submitted to Three Rivers District Council in November, with a view to work starting on site in Spring 2020.

Thrive Homes is dedicated to providing good quality affordable homes and services, and its properties are continuously in high demand. However, its bedsits and one-bedroom flats at Grove Court have been proving difficult to let, reflecting the changing needs of older people. The new, modern scheme will be designed to enable independent living in an inclusive environment.

Jack Burnham, Development Director at Thrive Homes, commented: “Grove Court is in need of major improvement and we believe an ambitious £10 million investment is the way forward. At the moment we are in the early stages of developing our plans, but it is important that we engage with our residents from the outset and keep them fully informed and involved.

“We appreciate and understand the disruption that this proposal will cause, however, our significant investment in Grove Court will maximise independence and quality of life for residents today and in the future.

“We hope that the Council will work with us to provide these much improved and much needed homes for all in the area.”

Thrive does not currently have plans to redevelop any of its other schemes which have all been built to different specifications to meet the varying requirements of residents.

More information is available in our leaflet about Grove Court Improvements