Residents approve of Merlin Housing Society's rebuilding plans in Coalpit Heath
12:20pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Coalpit Heath are said to have given their stamp of approval to a housing association’s proposal to rebuild more than 40 outdated homes.
At a public exhibition on Merlin Housing Society’s plans for the redevelopment of 43 houses, residents registered a positive response to the project, part of a wider multi-million pound scheme.
More than 80 people came along to the consultation at the Miners’ Institute, on Badminton Road, to view the plans before the housing association submits a planning application to South Gloucestershire Council.
The first phase of the work will see 10 post-war properties in Newlands Avenue and Oldlands Avenue knocked down and replaced with 22 modern homes. Merlin is also proposing to redevelop a further 33 properties in the village at a later date.
Project manager Sally Gilbert said: "We’ve held a series of consultation sessions in the village during the summer and are delighted with how they’ve gone. Lots of people have come along to them and most of them have been very positive about the plans.
"We’ve taken on board many of their comments and are now making the last few changes to the plans. We’ll then give villagers a chance to view the final plans before we submit our planning application later this autumn."
She said the society, which is spending tens of millions of pounds on its biggest ever rebuilding programme to replace 450 outdated houses with 600 brand new ones across South Gloucestershire, was excited about starting the project in Coalpit Heath.
"We’re aiming to start on site with the demolition of the first existing properties in the first few months of next year," she said. "Hopefully, we’ll start building the new homes in summer 2014, ready for people to move into the following year.
"We’re really excited to have finalised the plans and are now planning the work."
Existing tenants have been given the choice of temporary accommodation and the promise of a brand new home or to move into permanent alternative accommodation now and save the upheaval of moving twice.
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