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.
Have your say
To find out more about the plans for the new Barne Barton Estate and to have your say, visit our dedicated consultation website.