We're working with local residents in College Bank and Lower Falinge to discuss how we improve their neighbourhoods for the future. This takes account of reduced demand for flats as a result of recent welfare reforms.
In line with our mutual values, we will work up any plans together with our members and with the local community. We have also said to the government that College Bank and Lower Falinge need extra investment and we would like this to be made available for these areas. We have expressed our interest in bidding for funding from the Government's "Estates Regeneration Fund".
Between now and next April we will be working with the community to identify what might be possible for both College Bank and Lower Falinge based on various levels of funding. This will run in parallel to continued dialogue with Government regarding the “Estates Regeneration Fund”.
This work will include looking at the design of the neighbourhoods, which currently include walls and railings which prevent direct access from homes to the surrounding roads. Tenants have told us that pedestrian access to the town centre is difficult, particularly at night.
Whilst we are looking at a number of options, we don’t know at this stage if any of these could result in recommendations for some level of demolition of existing homes, and we will not be considering any specific proposals until spring 2017 at the earliest.
We have talked through our approach with local residents via two widely-publicised drop-in events and on our website. We have promised to keep residents fully informed (even if nothing has changed) and so the drop in sessions were arranged to set out facts and current position. Residents know their area best and when we have more detail on any options residents will be invited to help influence any final plans.
More information is available here: College Bank and Lower Falinge.