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New homes scheme for empty block of flats

New homes and specialist accommodation is to be built in former NHS flats in Dorchester.

Coburg Court, which is off Maud Road in Dorchester, has been sold by NHS Property Services to East Boro Housing Trust.

The complex will be converted into living space for people leaving hospital and two family homes.

Kevin Hodder, who is chief executive of East Boro, said “This is an excellent example of the NHS, Dorset Council and a local specialist housing sssociation working together to make this project happen.

“East Boro is extremely grateful to our colleague organisations for supporting our vision for the future of Coburg Court and now look forward to providing both supported and family accommodation at the scheme.”

The block of 11 flats was previously used by NHS staff, predominately from the nearby Dorset County Hospital, has been unused for nearly four years.

The new premises, funded by the NHS England Transforming Care Programme, Dorset Council and East Boro, will enable residents to leave hospital settings and enjoy their home environment with care support being provided in their new accommodation.

Proceeds from the sale are being reinvested back into the NHS and the primary care estate.

Further benefits of the sale will be realised through in-patient care cost reduction and bed space being available for patients who require them most.

Nicola Booth, who is senior transaction manager at NHS Property Services, said: “This transaction celebrates all stakeholders in health, housing, social services and commissioning working together to provide this specialist accommodation for the benefit of the local Dorchester community and Dorset county.”

East Boro is also building five new homes for people with learning disabilities in the former Dorchester Arts Centre.

The development involves the old arts centre converted into two houses and three new bungalows. They will become homes for local people with learning disabilities, where necessary care and support can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual.

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