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Improving quality of life in Hampshire

Gullands’ Paul Burbidge has been acting for Byways, a subsidiary of Maidstone based charitable organisation mcch society ltd, who provide care and support for people with learning disabilities.

Byways, which has been in Odiham, Hampshire for over 50 years, has been redeveloped into 12 self-contained flats that give tenants greater independent living. No longer having to share outdated facilities, the tenants now have their own flat whilst still enjoying communal areas to socialise with their friends.

Previously a registered care service, the site was developed in partnership with the county council, district council and the existing residents to provide the first extra care learning disability scheme in Hampshire.

Executive Director of Housing and Business Development for mcch, Richard Webb, explained: “mcch was responsible for delivering the Byways project and Paul dealt with some tricky issues for us in respect of site access through a council owned car park, through to private farmland where a temporary road had to be constructed to facilitate entry by construction vehicles.

“Paul also looked after a Section 106 Agreement under which planning conditions were implemented in terms of contributions to local projects in return for the planning permission being granted.”

Gullands provided a first class service,” added Richard. “They are our long-term partners on a range of issues and were highly alert to all the sensitivities surrounding the objectives we were seeking to achieve. I would strongly recommend them.”

A leading charitable organisation, operating across the south-east, mcch moved into its head office – with a helping hand from Maidstone law firm Gullands in 2010.  The firm handled the majority of the legal aspects of the move, including the disposal of leases on two buildings in Turkey Court and St Peters Street, Maidstone, and the negotiation of the new lease at One Hermitage Court.