View redevelopment plans for Iron Acton houses

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

IRON Acton residents can view plans for the redevelopment of 16 properties in the village next week.

Merlin Housing Society is hosting a public drop-in session for people to see its proposals for outdated houses in Algars Drive and Chilwood Close.

The organisation, South Gloucestershire’s largest social housing landlord, wants to knock down the 16 properties and replace them with 23 more modern, energy efficient homes.

The housing association has already held two events for residents who are currently living in the properties and their neighbours and is now preparing to show the plans to the wider community.

Project manager Sally Gilbert said: "This is a chance for anyone who's interested in our plans to come along, have a look at them and have their say.

“We're looking forward to hearing what people think and we'll take everyone's comments into consideration before we draw up the final plans."

Merlin is aiming to demolish the existing properties in spring 2015, before starting building work in 2015.

The plans for Iron Acton are part of a multi-million pound programme to redevelop around 450 properties in South Gloucestershire. It follows a similar scheme already underway in Coalpit Heath.

The drop-in session takes place on Thursday, April 10 (4.30- 6.30pm) at Iron Acton Parish Hall. Visitors will be able to view the plans and chat with Merlin staff and architects from Quattro Design Architects about the proposed redevelopment.

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