Clarion to transform Plymouth Estate in £22 million scheme

Clarion Housing Group is planning to transform its Barne Barton Estate in Plymouth into a sustainable and vibrant community with lasting social, economic and environmental benefits for all.Barne Barton Estate

The ambitious plans will regenerate what was once the largest Naval estate in Britain, given its close proximity to the Devonport Dockyard, and have been developed over a number of years through close working with residents, the local community and Plymouth City Council.

Originally built for the MOD back in the 1960s, Clarion is the predominant landlord with 228 two bedroom flats for affordable rent there as well as a number of houses. Today the flats suffer from inherent structural issues that have led to high levels of condensation, which in turn have led to high energy bills for residents – many of who are single parents with young children. In addition, the flats are located within a poor layout on a steep hill and overlooking the dockyard and new energy centre.

Plans for the future of the Estate include replacing the existing flats with a combination of flats and houses and introducing opportunities for low cost home ownership in addition to homes for affordable rent. The masterplan, which is being created by Exeter based Clifton Emery Design, proposes to completely change the existing layout of the Estate to create improved views and people friendly streets. The detailed design work will be undertaken by RH Partnership Architects.

A £450,000 grant from the Government’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.

Bob Beaumont, Director of Regeneration commented; "We recognised that significant investment was required to combat the challenges at Barne Barton, which is known locally as the ‘forgotten island’, and even then there were no guarantees that this would secure the long term future of the Estate."

"However, enhanced investment and regeneration in the area over the last eighteen months has provided a real turning point and we firmly believe that with the support of the HCA and Plymouth City Council, Clarion will be able to secure the Estate’s future and ensure that Barne Barton is forgotten no more."

Clarion will continue to liaise with residents, the local community and Plymouth City Council on developing the proposals. The aim is to submit a planning application to the Council in early 2018 and Clarion will work closely with the Council to progress this as swiftly as possible.

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. This significant commitment to Barne Barton follows an announcement in May that with the support of some funding from the Greater London Authority, Clarion will invest over £1 billion on the regeneration of three of the Group’s estates within the London Borough of Merton.

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