The redevelopment of North Prospect is set to continue as the next phase of building work moves a step closer.
The first two phases of the project have already been completed and the third is underway, providing more than 500 new homes so far as well as the Beacon, a new community hub housing shops, a Children’s Centre and 39 flats for older residents.
Development now focuses on the area of Briardale Road, Foliot Road and Woodville Road where old houses will be demolished to make way for 133 brand new homes.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “The regeneration of North Prospect remains a key project so we’re delighted to see planning on the next phase begin.
“The previous three stages of the development have delivered high quality, eco-friendly homes as well as various training opportunities for the community and I’m sure that the latest phase will build upon these foundations.”
James Savage, Plymouth Community Homes Programme Manager, said: “We’re committed to providing more homes in new places and new ways – we have ambitious targets that will see us build at least 100 homes per year for the next five years.
“The North Prospect Regeneration Programme is an important part of that and it will provide more than 1,100 new homes once all of the phases are complete. We are replacing homes that have structural problems, are expensive to heat and hard to maintain with homes that meet modern standards and have a much longer life expectancy. Regeneration is also making a big difference to residents’ lives as the neighbourhood is now a place where people want to stay and enjoy their lives.”
To assist with moving the next phase of this major regeneration forward, the Council’s Cabinet is recommended to approve in principle a resolution to make a compulsory purchase order (CPO), if other avenues prove unsuccessful.
A similar resolution was approved by the Cabinet to make a CPO on the previous three phases of the project, but in all of those cases was not needed as agreements were reached before this was necessary.
James continued: “We have never had to ask Plymouth City Council to use a CPO to help us buy a house. This is because we work hard to reach agreement with home owners and because our Rehousing Team is dedicated to helping residents through what can be a difficult process. Having to use CPO really would be a last resort for PCH and PCC and we hope never to have to go down this route.”
Work on the regeneration of North Prospect is expected to be completed during 2023.