Hereford to see biggest regeneration project in West Midlands
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
The biggest regeneration project in the West Midlands has begun in Hereford.
Work has started at The Oval in Belmont with the demolition of St Francis of Assisi church. Another 200 properties are set to follow.
The Wimpey No-Fines flats have long been the visible sign of the most deprived neighbourhood in the Marches LEP area.
Five years in preparation, the addition of adjacent land will see 240 new houses and flats built, plus a community hub.
Peter Brown, chief executive of social landlord Herefordshire Housing, and Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, visited the site this week to see the foundations being put in place for the first of the new homes.
Peter Brown said: “In a few years’ time, this area will be transformed.”
With the first homes due to be completed this summer, redevelopment of the whole of The Oval could take up to four years as existing residents are rehoused.
Herefordshire Housing’s work on regenerating The Oval area includes all of the three-storey blocks on Kilvert Road, Broxash Drive, Belmont Road and Beattie Avenue.
The new homes will be a mixture of one & two-bed flats, two, three & four-bed houses and one-bed bungalows for rent, and for sale on the open market, through Herefordshire Housing's development partner, Keepmoat.