First homes demolished in multi-million pound redevelopment project
Published by jessica.britton for Merlin Housing Society in Housing and also in Communities
(L-R) Jorge Cardoso and his father Jorge, Paula Da Silva, and Nicola Batten have a last look round their former homes.
A multi-million pound project to provide up to 850 new homes in South Gloucestershire has got underway with the demolition of ten old non-traditional properties.
Over the next eight years Merlin Housing Society will be redeveloping around 450 non-traditional properties to make way for around 850 modern, energy-efficient homes. Now bulldozers from contractors Wring Group have been tearing down the first ten empty properties in Coalpit Heath to make way for the new homes.
And last week, some of the former residents of some of the homes were invited to visit the site for a final look around, before they were torn down.
Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “It’s tremendously exciting that after all of the planning and consultations with held with residents that we’re now ready to start work. The demolition of these properties is the first work on site for this landmark project.
“We submitted our planning application to build the new properties last month and now we’re waiting to hear whether the council will give us the go-ahead. As soon as it does, then we can begin building our project’s first new homes.”
A planning application for the redevelopment of a total of 34 non-traditional properties in the village was submitted last month following three consultation sessions with villagers. All of these properties were built in the 1940s and 50s and are now suffering from a number of issues including damp and draughts and are expensive to heat. Merlin is proposing to replace them with 65 new homes.