Victory Housing Trust is hoping to replace 19 ageing bedsits for elderly people in Stalham with 15 new sheltered homes.

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Plans for the Portalfield complex are expected to be submitted this month and, if approved, the new homes would be ready in two years’ time.

The £1.5m scheme would see nine one-bedroom homes and six two-bedroom homes built on the site and the development would also include a new communal room.

The move follows a lengthy consultation process, dating back to October 2011, between Victory and its tenants at Portalfield, and at sheltered complexes in Ludham and Horning which also include outdated bedsits.

As vacancies have arisen at each site, Victory has not filled the accommodation in a bid to minimise disruption once building gets underway.

At Portalfield the current back row of 19 bedsits, 10 of which are now vacant, will be demolished to make way for the development.

A Victory spokesman said plans for the new homes would reflect residents’ wishes and would include individual gardens, each with a shed, an entrance at the front and back, a covered porch, and parking spaces close by.

All residents who have to move from the homes being demolished will be offered one of the new properties once they are built.

Affected residents are entitled to a one-off payment of £4,700, as well as an allowance to cover reasonable costs of moving.

Announcements about the Ludham and Horning sites are expected later this year.

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