LGBTQ+ only housing coming to the UK
A new wave of LGBTQ+ housing is coming to the UK.
London has already seen its first residential hub for elderly members of the LGBTQ+ community opening up, following a £3million grant from city mayor, Sadiq Khan.
The fancy apartment block, built by Tonic Housing, overlooks Westminster and is a stone's throwaway from Vauxhall, Waterloo and Tate Britain.
Over the summer, another group - First Brick Housing - received backing for its plan to build homes for 'marginalised' gay Londoners to ensure LGBTQ+ people are 'free from oppression', with City Hall stumping up £5,000 towards it.
Meanwhile, in Manchester, a proposal to construct a purpose-built, LGBTQ+ majority housing site for the over-55s was unveiled this week, in what city leaders and activists hailed as a 'landmark' scheme.
First Brick Housing said it aimed to create new accommodation to support 'marginalised' Londoners and provide homes specifically for LGBTQ+ people to ensure they are 'free from oppression'
As well as having the backing of Mr Khan's office, the bid also has the support of Greenpeace.
A description of the First Brick Housing project in a breakdown of City Hall funding provides the summary: 'Homes for marginalised LGBTQ+ Londoners.
The group's mission statement says: 'What connects us is the feeling that something isn't quite right about the housing that is currently on offer.
'That the homes we live in weren't made for us, weren't designed by us and weren't the place we wanted to call home.'
It adds: 'By being an LGBTQ+ housing provider who understands our community from our own lived experience, we hope our community won't need to self-censor their homes.'
It's bid was supported by the Mayor of London's Building Strong Communities Fund.
In Manchester, extra care housing development has been proposed which will see 120 flats built on the vacant site of Spire Hospital in Whalley Range.
The proposal has been revealed by Great Places Housing Group, which plans to build two new apartment blocks on the demolished hospital plot.