Residents in Coalpit Heath have given their stamp of approval to Merlin Housing Society’s plans for the redevelopment of 43 non-traditional homes in the village.
More than 80 people came along to the public consultation at the village hall last week to view the plans before the housing association submits its planning application. Visitors could also chat with staff and architects from Quattro Design Architects about the plans for the homes.
The first phase of the work will see ten properties in Newlands Avenue and Oldlands Avenue redeveloped. Several of these residents have already been re-housed ahead of the work. Merlin is also proposing to redevelop a further 33 properties in the village at a later date.
Project manager Sally Gilbert said: “We’re really excited to have finalised the plans and are now planning the work. We’re aiming to start on site with the demolition of the first existing properties in the first few months of next year. Hopefully, we’ll start building the new homes in summer 2014, ready for people to move into the following year.
“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.”