Affordable living replaces obsolete housing in Stratford

Pictured above: 3D image of Glebe Road


Nearly 60 affordable homes are to be built in Stratford-on-Avon in a redevelopment scheme to replace old buildings affected by ‘concrete cancer’ and which are no longer fit for purpose.

The Birmingham office of planning and development consultants CSJ Brooke Smith acted on behalf of Orbit Housing Association to secure planning consent for the redevelopment centred on Glebe Road to the north-west of the town.

CSJ Brooke Smith worked in conjunction with Stratford-on-Avon District Council and the local community to develop a successful and commercially viable scheme. 

The scheme was shortlisted for a Royal Town Planning Institute Regional Award as an example of good planning practice with the public and private sectors working successfully together. 

A key element of the project was liaison with the existing residents of the estate and surrounding occupiers to ascertain what they wanted from the development. Local residents were able to see the proposals emerge and comment on elements of the design at a series of public and individual consultation events. This contributed positively to the form of the development. 

The scheme will involve the demolition of the existing 38 properties and their replacement with 57 two, three and four-bedroom homes; it will include the addition of bungalows to meet the specific demands of the existing residents. It is anticipated that the development will receive grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Orbit Housing Association retains CSJ Brooke Smith to advise it on various housing sites across the Midlands. Work on this scheme is likely to commence towards the end of 2010.

Associate director Will Charlton said: “We worked closely with the community and the council to create a scheme which provides new, high quality family homes. These not only meets the requirements of existing residents but are ones in which they can take pride. We expect most of the residents will return to the estate once redevelopment is complete.”

This is the second successful social housing scheme for which CSJ Brooke Smith has secured permission in September. It has also won planning consent for 45 homes for Midland Heart’s latest development in Whitley, Coventry. 




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