Plans to transform a former care facility into accommodation for young people leaving care were paused more than a year ago, but Gloucestershire County Council insist the £3.35 million refurbishment is back on track.
Southfield House will host semi-independent accommodation for up to 30 young people aged from 16 to 25 including 18 flats for young people who are leaving care, at Southfield Main House as well as eight flats and one crash pad for care experienced young people who are in employment, training or apprenticeships, at Southfield Old House.
To make sure the building is fit for purpose, the council promises to invest £3.35 million for refurbishing and building work.
A Gloucestershire County Council spokesperson said: “The development of Southfield House remains an important part of the county council’s plans to deliver high quality accommodation and support for young people leaving care. It has been paused over the past 12 months to allow time for engagement with the community and whilst an independent review of the outcomes delivered by Trevone House, a similar provision, was completed. We now plan to progress our plans informed by that review and feedback from local residents.”