About our Flats
Mabel Luke Place was completed in May 2018 and provides 16, modern, energy-efficient flats in central Newbury. They are all almshouses and residents must have a connection to Newbury town or the parish of Greenham.
There are four, one-bedroom flats on the second floor, six first floor flats with two bedrooms and six ground floor flats with two bedrooms. Although the flats are suitable for wheelchair users, there are no lifts.
The flats are equipped with cookers and hobs, fridge freezers and washer/driers. There is a video door entry system.
There are communal garden areas with rotary driers and the ground floor flats have small private gardens, accessed through a patio door from the sitting room. Each flat has a parking space and there are additional spaces for visitors. A parking permit scheme is in operation.
What it means to be an almshouse resident
Almshouse residents are not tenants but are beneficiaries of the Charity with a Licence to Occupy. They pay a Weekly Maintenance Contribution rather than rent.
The weekly contribution for a one-bedroom flat at Mabel Luke Place is currently (1st April 2020) £148.89 and for a two-bedroom flat it is £167.60. This is within the Local Housing Allowance limit and many of our residents claim Universal Credit or Housing Benefit.
Residents must also pay their own Council Tax, water, gas and electricity bills.
Please note:pets are not permitted at Mabel Luke Place and smoking is not allowed anywhere on our property.
How to Apply
Check you are eligible
We welcome applications from people who have a connection to Newbury or the parish of Greenham. You must be in housing need and unable to afford to rent or buy a suitable home locally at market prices. For more information about eligibility, see our Allocations policy in the Documents/Policies area of the website.
Two ways to apply
1. Through West Berkshire Council. Most of our flats are allocated to people from the Housing Register and who have bid through Homechoice. When a flat becomes available we advertise it on Homechoice.
2. Directly to us. You can contact us to say you are interested and if a flat becomes available we will send you an application form. (We can help you fill in the form if necessary.) If your application is shortlisted we will visit you where you are living and will ask you for references.
Now recruiting new Directors
We are looking for new Board members who have a genuine interest in helping to provide good quality, affordable homes for local people.
You will be willing to accept some responsibility and enjoy working as a member of a team. You will like people, be well-organised and reliable and familiar with using email and online resources.
The role is unpaid.
We are particularly looking for volunteers who have one or more of the following:
- Practical skills. Perhaps you enjoy DIY or have a background as a tradesperson. We use contractors to do repairs on the flats but it is often necessary for a Director to visit a flat to look at a problem reported by a resident and assess what needs to be done.
- IT skills. We are currently working on our website but need someone who will help to keep it updated and perhaps help us to make more use of social media.
- People skills. We don’t provide support services to our residents but we do go to see them when they have (or are causing) a problem and give appropriate advice.
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