About Homes for Veterans

Background

Cheltenham Borough Council is signed up to the Gloucestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant and the aim of this covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Gloucestershire and to help bring about better integration of veterans into civilian life.

Gloucestershire Homeseeker

Support for members and veterans of the Armed Forces is already reflected in the Gloucestershire Homeseeker's Allocations Policy. Our policy removes any local connection requirements for veterans wishing to live in Cheltenham.  This policy also allows for serving veterans extended time in the priority bands to bid for properties should they become homeless.

In order to support the Armed Forces Covenant further and having identified a housing need,  we intend to provide more homes for veterans.

Housing

In partnership with Cheltenham Borough Homes a new build housing scheme has been identified on Swindon Road in Cheltenham to build a community of 10 new homes with priority being given to Veterans and their families. These will be 5 x 1 bedroom flats, 3 x 2 bedroom flats and 2 x 2 bedroom houses. The 3 ground floor flats will have wet rooms.

This new development can offer the following advantages:

  • The size of the dwellings are a good match for meeting the needs of veterans in the greatest housing need
  • They are designed to lifetime homes standard, providing the opportunity for adaptations to be made relatively easily, should a disabled need be identified. Please note that for the ground floor accommodation, priority will be given to Veterans requiring level access. It is important that disabled Veterans requiring adapted accommodation notify Cheltenham Borough Homes housing options team as soon as possible so that their needs can be assessed early.
  • The close proximity of the flats to the other adjoining flats will provide an opportunity for peer group support and community cohesion to flourish within the proposed veteran community.
  • Swindon Road is a town centre location and there are a number of organisations within the town centre area that can provide practical assistance and support to veterans.

Property Details

Ground floor
Plot 1 1 bed 2 person flat 47.0 sqm
Plot 2 1 bed 2 person flat 47.3 sqm
Plot 3 1 bed 2 person flat 47.2 sqm
First floor
Plot 4 2 bed 3 person flat 62.8 sqm
Plot 5 1 bed 2 person flat 47.3 sqm
Plot 6 2 bed 3 person flat 61.9 sqm
Second floor
Plot 7 1 bed 2 person flat 47.3 sqm
Plot 8 2 bed 3 person flat 61.9 sqm
Plots 9 and 10 2 bed 4 person houses 77.5 sqm

Application

To be eligible for this scheme, veterans will be required to have served at least a day in the HM Armed Forces, whether as a Regular or Reservist and be in housing need.

To register interest, an application will need to be completed on the Gloucestershire Homeseeker website.

For help or assistance, please contact:

Housing Options
Cheltenham First Stop
301-305 High Street
Cheltenham
GL50 3HW
Tel: 01242 775168
housingoptions@cheltborohomes.org