takes over former Burnham-On-Sea school in £300,000 deal
former school in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to become
a YMCA young person's housing project as part of a £300,000
project announced this week.
district councillors have this week agreed to give financial support
for the YMCA to bring the former La Retraite convent and school
back into use as a 13-unit young person's housing facility.
say the scheme will increase the number of affordable homes in
Burnham at a time when young people find it increasingly difficult
to find affordable homes. It will also reduce homelessness and
increase the quality and availability of affordable housing for
vulnerable young people.
The scheme has been boosted by external government grant funding
of £156,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency's Empty
Homes Programme. Sedgemoor District Council will support the YMCA
with £28,500 per year for the next five years, up to a total
property will not only provide much-needed bespoke housing for
young people, but will make use of a property which is currently
sitting empty and unused," council spokeswoman Claire Faun
funding means the current owners will allow the YMCA to rent the
property in Jaycroft Road for up to five years on a 'rent-to-buy'
proposal will allow the YMCA to secure the units with immediate
effect, whilst allowing them additional time to secure the necessary
capital funds to purchase the property."
Pictured: The former La Retraite convent and school, which
has been taken over by the YMCA. (Pic: Saxons Estate Agents)