MERLIN Housing Society is holding a drop-in event this week for people in Coalpit Heath to view final plans for the redevelopment of two streets in the village.

It takes place this Wednesday, January 29 (4.30-6.30pm) at the Miners’ Institute on Badminton Road.

The project team will be there, as well as housing officer Jason Parker and architects Quattro, to answer questions on plans to rebuild 43 homes in the village.

The project will start with 10 post-war properties in Newlands Avenue and Oldlands Avenue being 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.

This week’s consultation follows several other drop-in events and will give local people the opportunity to make observations on changes to the plans.

Sarah Durbin, housing officer at Merlin, said: “We’ve used community feedback about our original plans to make some changes to what we propose. We aim to submit these final plans to South Gloucestershire Council’s panning department next month.

“As well as liaising with the community, we’ve been working with the planning team at the council to make sure our proposals meet all the necessary requirements. This doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed to get approval as they can still ask for more changes. Please bear with us if there are some last minute adjustments to these final plans.”

Merlin, South Gloucestershire’s biggest social housing landlord, is spending tens of millions of pounds on its biggest ever rebuilding programme to replace 450 outdated houses with 600 brand new ones across the district.