Town Centre House to become council housing

Town Centre House in Banbury is to be turned into council housing. NNL-160329-173251001
Town Centre House in Banbury is to be turned into council housing. NNL-160329-173251001

An office block in Banbury town centre which has been empty for years is to be refurbished and converted into council housing.

Town Centre House was built in the 1980s and was bought by Brickmort last year.

Cherwell District Council (CDC) has entered into a long-term lease with Brickmort and has secured over £1m worth of Homes and Community Agency grant to help fund refurbishment work and allow it to be converted into 39 one and two bedroom flats that will be allocated through the council’s housing register.

Anyone who wants to be considered for these new vacancies should apply to the register and for more information, see the allocations policy page on the council’s website at www.cherwell.gov.uk.

John Donaldson, CDC councillor for housing, said: “We are facing challenging times in ensuring residents can access the housing they need and can afford. If people need a bit of support to get back into work, this kind of accommodation can make a huge difference.

“The council is always keen to work in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors to make sure this kind of provision is available.

“There is a need in Cherwell for smaller homes that can be let at an affordable rent. This scheme will help meet that need and support younger people with a home that will be a secure base from which they can find their feet and take up employment and training opportunities.”