Cheshire West and Chester Council bags cash for housing block regeneration

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Neil Bellis

THE council has bagged a cash handout of almost £200,000 to regenerate a housing block area in the borough.

A successful bid by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) has resulted in an award of £192,700 from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The award is to progress the regeneration of Sutton Way flats and the surrounding area in Ellesmere Port. It follows a similar success at the Parade in Blacon.

Ellesmere Port joins more than 100 housing estates across the country to benefit from the significant investment to kick-start their regeneration.

Alison Knight, director of place strategy at the council, said: “This award brings forward our plans to undertake site investigations, tenant and resident consultation.

“ We will be working with ForViva, our new housing management partner to develop a detailed project to regenerate the Sutton Way area.”

CWaC owns 50 per cent of the properties in this area. Some of the issues already identified include a higher than average level of anti-social behaviour, a high turnover rate of council flats, poor quality grassed areas, poorly designed bin stores and garage sites subject to fly tipping.

A similar award winning regeneration project for the Blacon Parade area provided new homes, an improved shopping area, new social enterprise and community centre and vastly improved public realm.

Ms Knight added: “One of the key elements of the Blacon Parade project was early engagement and master planning with residents to ensure any redevelopment met their needs and aspirations. This approach will be adopted for Sutton Way. The aim is to have a final regeneration project by June 2018.”

Local authorities and housing associations submitted bids for the funding that were assessed by a joint panel of the Department of Communities and Local Government, and the Homes and Communities Agency.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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