Charity secures change of use planning consent to provide young people in need of support with stable accommodation - 01 February 2017

Alder King Planning Consultants, acting on behalf of the charity 1625 Independent People, have secured change of use planning permission for a residential property in Bristol which will provide a new home for three young people in need of support accessing and maintaining training, education and employment. 

The property in the Hotwells area of the city was a single dwelling.  Alder King, with the support of Bristol City Council, secured permission for change of use within just seven weeks.

1625 Independent People helps young people aged 16 - 25 who are at risk of becoming homeless, or are already homeless, to reboot their lives, providing amongst other things accommodation and support while undertaking apprenticeships.  The charity also helps them develop life skills, build confidence, and provide education and training.

The property will be used to house young people who are taking part in the charity's innovative "Future Builders" project, delivered in partnership with the OVO Foundation, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGSC) and Bristol City Council. Young people who have experienced or been at risk of homelessness are currently working on renovating this and another property as part of a three month pre-apprenticeship, providing an opportunity to learn construction skills.  Once this is completed they will then be able to move into the property at an affordable rent while they complete their apprenticeships.

Nicola Sully, Principal Planner with Alder King, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to act for the charity in this initiative to provide stable accommodation to young people in need of this additional support.Hopefully in a small way we have helped provide an important first career step for them.”

Dom Wood, CEO of 1625 Independent People, said: "It has been a pleasure to work with Alder King and we are very grateful to them for making this such a smooth and expedient process. For the young people taking part in the Future Builders apprenticeship scheme, having access to affordable accommodation while they are completing their apprenticeship removes one of the major barriers to them accessing work and training."

For more information about 1625 Independent People, visit: http://www.1625ip.co.uk/.

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