£5 million plan to transform Limehurst Village
Published by Lucy Bradwell for The Regenda Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Health
Oldham's Urban Angels celebrate the launch of the Limehurst Vision 10 year plan
North West housing provider The Regenda Group, has unveiled a £5 million plan for Limehurst Village which will transform the estate.
The far reaching ‘Limehurst Vision’ addresses a wide range of areas from the development of new affordable homes on the estate and improving the skills, training and opportunities of our residents to protecting and enhancing the green spaces around the Village.
Bill Lovat, Regional Director said: “This is an ambitious ten year plan supported by our residents and partner agencies across Oldham. We’re spending £5 million on Phase 1 of the plan, which will be delivered by 2015, and will give residents better access to opportunities, including 60 new part time jobs which will be created on the estate as part of the programme.
“Our shared vision is to build a healthy and successful neighbourhood. Limehurst Village is already a close knit community which is working well together, our young families, in particular, are a real source of strength.”
Over the past 12 months Regenda consulted Limehurst residents on how they would like their estate to be transformed over the next 10 years. Residents talked of their concern about the lack of jobs and training opportunities; their enjoyment of the green spaces around the estate; asked for more sports facilities but overall said that they feel positive about the future of their neighbourhood.
The Limehurst Plan aims to build on that positive attitude with successful projects.
Six resident groups worked with Regenda to develop the 10 year plan, based on the consultation feedback, creating a plan which will bring exciting changes to meet the community’s future needs.
Love our Homes
By 2015 new properties will be built in the Village and existing properties will be updated. Regenda has been awarded planning permission for a £2.2 million development of 22 new homes for affordable rent on Acacia Road. Regenda is also in discussion with Oldham Council and private developers to potentially build at least 100 new homes on vacant land in and around the Limehurst area over the life of the Neighbourhood Plan. It is hoped that this new development will bring a wider mix of rented homes and homes for sale to the area.
Improvements to existing properties will include heating and boiler upgrades to make sure homes are warm and energy efficient. Boundary fencing at each property will be updated to smarten up the estate and encourage residents to love where they live.
Building a healthy community is a key element of the plan and sport is a great way to bring people together. Residents will:
- be encouraged to be more active and review their lifestyle choices;
- be given the opportunity to gain sporting accreditations including coaching, leadership and volunteering qualifications and
- have improved access to local sporting facilities.
To help young people to develop the skills and experience they need to help them into work Regenda’s Youth Enterprise programme will target 15-24 year olds, offering them work experience and foundation level qualifications through local education and training providers.
All residents, whatever their age, can request training in practical skills such as fork lift truck driving and security industry accreditation to help them overcome barriers to work. Regenda will also provide access to business start up advice, work experience and apprenticeships.
Love our Environment
The green spaces around Limehurst Village are really valued by residents and this has been recognised in the plan. To provide invaluable skills and work experience, Phase 1 includes placements and apprenticeships linked to maintaining the environment around the estate. Security training and accreditation will also be offered to residents to foster a feeling of security in the community.
The Regenda Group is a leading housing and regeneration organisation, with more than 12,000 properties across the North West providing homes for more than 25,000 people.