Curo Visit North Prospect, Plymouth
Published by Nick Hewlett for Plymouth Community Homes in Communities
Curo looking at North prospect new build
Staff and residents from the Bath based housing association Curo came to visit PCH's recently redeveloped estate, North Prospect, to get an idea of what a difference such a large regeneration project can have on the area and people living there.
Our North Prospect regeneration programme started in 2011 and is now showing the benefits of all the hard work so many have put in. The walking tour of the estate started at the new community hub the North Prospect Beacon where our visitors were told about the history of the area.
The first stop for the tour was an example of the property type that used to make up North Prospect. Barry Warne, Surveyor, showed how the houses, built after the first world war, were now in poor condition and inefficient to maintain. This was highlighted by the high levels of water in the wall and the fact a knife could be pushed between the mortar, which was in some was as much as 70% sand.
Next was a walk around Yellowmead Road to see Phase 1. Work here has almost completely finished and the transformed estate is almost unrecognisable from a few years ago and the community are feeling the benefits of their new homes. The regeneration of North Prospect is expected to run until 2020 but the transformation made already gave Curo and their residents plenty of reasons to feel positive about the future.
As Mike Knowles Director of Regeneration and Development for PCH said: “What is great about visits like this is that they give me a chance to recount the unbelievable level of change that we have been party to in North Prospect. Best of all is the reflection back from residents and professionals of what an exemplar we have created in Plymouth.”
Curo are currently in the early stages of redeveloping the former MOD site Foxhill. The ‘Mulberry Park‘ scheme is an ambitious plan to develop over 700 homes and community facilities. Curo tenant Patricia Griffin said: “You need a lot of imagination to see what somewhere will be like from the sketches. You really need to come and see it.” Ian Jones, Foxhill Project Director added: “Residents listen to other residents. The visits allows residents that may be nervous about the development to talk to other residents.”