New homes replace disused care home in St Leonards!


03 February 2020

IMAGE: New homes have been delivered at Leolyn House - some of the attendees of an event to celebrate this gather outsideBrand new homes have been delivered in St Leonards thanks to a partnership between us and Hastings Borough Council.

A disused care home, Leolyn House, in Pevensey Road, had stood empty for two years, but the building has now been regenerated.

It has been converted into 16 modern apartments, all of which are affordable rent for local people, as part of the Coastal Space project. The project turns empty, run down and derelict properties into quality affordable homes.

The latest milestone was officially celebrated on Friday 31 January at Leolyn House.

Andy Batsford, lead councillor for housing at Hastings Borough Council, said:

“Building homes that are of high quality and truly affordable is one of Hastings Council’s top priorities. Returning this empty property into use has been a massive achievement and a great example of positive partnership work and bold investment. A building like this is not cheap or easy to bring back to life, but in this moment of housing crisis for our local families we must show strong leadership in our community.”

Tanya Vines, Development Manager at Optivo, said:

“We’re extremely proud to have played our part in bringing this empty building back to life. We’ve enjoyed working with Hastings Borough Council to deliver much needed affordable homes for local people. We’re passionate about doing our bit to tackle the housing crisis.”

Funding from Hastings Borough Council, Homes England and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership enabled Optivo to renovate Leolyn House.

Coastal Space has transformed 80 homes across various sites in St Leonards since 2013. A number of these have been derelict local eye sores including Winchester House, in Pevensey Road, and the site of St Mary’s Nursing home, in Carisbrooke Road. Both have had major refurbishment work to deliver 26 and 11 high quality apartments respectively.

The project has also helped local residents to get involved in skills and learning projects. A dedicated employment team offers one to one support, advice and guidance to help individuals find training and jobs.