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Final chance to see plans for £22m Plymouth estate revamp

2 May 2018

Residents invited to view regeneration proposals for Barne Barton one last time before Clarion Housing Group applies for planning permission.

Designs for new homes and green spaces at Barne Barton will go on display on 2 and 3 May ahead of a planning application being submitted to Plymouth Council at the end of the month.

Since early last year Clarion has been consulting with local residents and members of the community about plans to demolish and rebuild the 228 homes in its ownership. The regeneration scheme is based on their feedback about the design of the new homes, open spaces, community facilities and natural environment.

Existing Clarion tenants who wish to remain will be rehoused and the delivery of additional properties will provide local people with opportunities for low-cost homeownership. Staff from Clarion will be on hand at the public exhibition to explain the next steps in the regeneration programme, which will involve the appointment of a contractor to build the new homes.

Bob Beaumont, Director of Regeneration at Clarion, said; “We’ve held a number of successful, well-attended public exhibitions already. This means that comments from local residents have been incorporated in the planning application wherever possible. Our two day event is the chance to see how the proposals have changed before the project moves to the delivery stage, subject to Plymouth City Council giving us planning consent. We’d like to thank everyone for their input so far and encourage them to continue supporting this exciting project.”

The ambitious plans will regenerate what was once the largest Naval estate in Britain. Originally built for the MOD back in the 1960s, Clarion is the main landlord at Barne Barton, managing 228 two bedroom flats for affordable rent as well as a number of houses.

Structural issues with the flats have led to high levels of condensation culminating in poor living conditions for residents, many of whom are single parents with young children. In addition, the flats are located within a poor layout on a steep hill, overlooking the dockyard and new energy from waste centre.

The detailed design work has been undertaken by RH Partnership Architects. Clarion is also working with Zebra Collective, Plymouth City Council and Clifton Emery Design on the regeneration project. A decision about the planning application is expected in late summer.

As the UK’s largest housing association Clarion is commited to regenerating existing estates when they no longer provide the quality or standard of accommodation that residents require.

Barne Barton Regeneration Update

26 October 2017

Plans go on display for £22m transformation of Plymouth estate

Clarion Housing Group will today unveil regeneration proposals for Barne Barton at a public exhibition.

Local residents and members of the community have been invited to view the designs for new homes and attractive green spaces at Barne Barton. Clarion, aims to demolish and rebuild the entire estate to provide existing tenants with well designed new homes. The ambitious proposals will also provide opportunities for low-cost homeownership.

A masterplan has been developed in partnership with Exeter-based Clifton Emery Design that sets out the vision for streets, buildings and outside spaces in the proposed new neighbourhood. Feedback from the local community about the masterplan will inform the preparation of a planning application for the entire estate that will be submitted to Plymouth City Council for consideration in Spring 2018.

Bob Beaumont, Director of Regeneration at Clarion, said; "Our top priority is to make sure that our residents at Barne Barton live in fit-for-purpose homes and we believe that regeneration is the best way of achieving this. We look forward to hearing what residents and the wider community think of our plans so that we can collectively help Barne Barton achieve its potential."

The ambitious plans will regenerate what was once the largest Naval estate in Britain and are the result of close working with residents, the local community and Plymouth City Council. Originally built for the MOD back in the 1960s, Clarion is the main landlord there and manages 228 two bedroom flats for affordable rent as well as a number of houses.

Structural issues with the flats have led to high levels of condensation culminating in poor living conditions for residents, many of whom are single parents with young children. In addition, the flats are located within a poor layout on a steep hill, overlooking the dockyard and new energy centre.

Once the masterplan has been finalised detailed design work will be undertaken by RH Partnership Architects.

A £450,000 grant from the DCLG's 2016/2017 estates regeneration fund, which was match funded by Clarion, has been instrumental in developing the plans to date. The £22m scheme will be underwritten by Clarion which is also seeking investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Plymouth City Council.

In addition to members of the community, Clarion Housing Group is working with Zebra Collective, Plymouth City Council, Clifton Emery Design and RH Partnerships on the regeneration of Barne Barton.

The Group's financial strength ensures its continued commitment to regenerating existing estates when they no longer provide the quality or standard of accommodation that it seeks to provide for residents.

Come to our Masterplan consultation event

19 October 2017

We’ve been working closely with our architects and resident steering group on the proposed masterplan for the new development, and we’re now ready to showcase it to the whole estate and the rest of the community.

We’ll be holding an event on 26 October 2017, 3pm–7pm at Tamarview Resource Centre (Miers Close, Plymouth, PL5 1DJ) where you’ll be able to have a look at our proposals, meet the team and ask any questions you might have about the new estate.

There will also be tables on the moving process and shared ownership where you can find out all you need to know about these important topics.

The project team are really keen to work with our young residents to find out what play facilities they would like to see on the new estate. Our architects will be holding some sessions for children and young people for them to say what they like about the estate and discuss new ideas, so please encourage the kids to join in.

There will be more events over the coming weeks and months to make sure everyone can have a say and contribute to making the new Barne Barton a great place to live, not just for existing residents but for future residents and those living in the surrounding area too.

We hope you can join us on 26 October and look forward to seeing you there!

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