Melton Borough Council

Melton Foyer –Response to Facebook comments

Published Monday, 11th May 2015

We have been working with Axiom Housing Ltd over the past 18 months developing plans to build a Housing Foyer in Melton Mowbray

The decision to pursue such a project is based on the increased demand the Council has experienced over the past 5 years in relation to housing need from young people aged 16 – 25 living in our Borough. 

In depth research and analysis has taken place along with a site study as to where in Melton would be the most appropriate place to build the new facility. Thorpe End Car Park has been chosen as the most suitable site that the Council owns that can be developed on.

It is important to note that the facility is not designed for offenders or any high risk individuals (it must be noted that Melton has the lowest youth crime in the County). 

There  is a need in the Borough especially Melton Mowbray for such a facility. Young people will only be able access a tenancy at the Foyer if they commit to full time education or training. The facility is for local young people living in the Borough of Melton. The aim of the project is to give young people the skills and resilience to go on to manage their own sustainable tenancy either in ‘Social Housing or the Private Rented Sector’. Most importantly we will be aiming to ensure the people who live in the Foyer gain skills that lead them to full time employment in the Borough or elsewhere. 

The project will of course provide support services such as support with health services (which may include alcohol and drug advice/support), employment advice, education, housing support and life skills coaching. 

Those who are offered a tenancy will be assessed jointly by Axiom Housing Association and Melton Borough Council, Housing Options Team. Everyone will be assessed individually as to what their needs and requirements will be. We currently supported 90 young people aged 16 – 25 last year that we could not offer sustainable accommodation to.

To date there has been publicity in the local press and the project has been discussed at the Council’s Community & Social Affairs Committee and Policy & Finance Committee on a number of occasions. Copies of press articles and the committee reports can be accessed via the links below:

Prior to the planning application being submitted the Council and Axiom held two open consultation briefings to inform people as to what the project entails and is about. These took place at St John’s Court as detailed below:
Wednesday 11th February 2015, 2.30pm – St John’s Court Residents Meeting Room – 30 residents living at St John’s Court attended.
Wednesday 4th March 2015, 7.00pm – St John’s Court Residents Meeting Room – 5 residents attended – 4 from Brook Street and 1 from Mill Street.

Leaflets were circulated to houses in the area a week prior to each meeting by officers of Melton Borough Council.
A further meeting has been arranged for Tuesday 19th May 2015, 7pm at St John’s Court, Meeting Room. Both Axiom Housing and Melton Borough Council Officers will be present.