Foyer plan for young

PUBLISHED: 14:12 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

A new employment and housing scheme for jobless young people will be built in Axminster, if a planning application is approved. The 'Foyer' housing development will provide accommodation and study facilities for seven local youngsters on the site of the f

A new employment and housing scheme for jobless young people will be built in Axminster, if a planning application is approved.The 'Foyer' housing development will provide accommodation and study facilities for seven local youngsters on the site of the former Axe Valley Motors building, in West Street, while also finding them vocational training apprenticeships with local companies.The proposals have been put forward by Swan Country Homes, the development company that recently secured planning permission to build 24 private residential properties on the same site.A spokesperson for Swan Country Homes said: "The idea is to provide a stepping stone for young people who are finding it hard to get on the housing and employment ladders."If approved, the scheme would be jointly financed by South Somerset Homes Housing Association and the Housing Corporation.South Somerset Homes would take responsibility for selecting the youngsters and providing 24-hour support through an onsite warden.The spokesperson continued: "There will always be people who object to developments, but we hope the foyer will be viewed as a positive."We want it to be a landmark building in the town and we think we have achieved that with the plans."We will use local materials wherever possible and we intend to provide power and heat through renewable sources like those at the Eden Project."It will really stand out and will be the greenest project in town, which we are very proud of."We hope that local companies will see this as a fantastic opportunity to help the young people of the town and to train future staff for themselves."The scheme would be registered to the Foyer Federation, the umbrella company that looks after similar ventures all over the country, including Foyers in Yeovil, Bridport, Weymouth and Exeter.The young people selected for the project would enter into a contract with South Somerset Homes, ensuring they attended their work placements.Plans for the Foyer are available to view in Axminster Guildhall and will go before the town planning committee on Monday, January, 14.

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