A LONG-AWAITED next phase of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme in a disadvantaged part of Coventry – including another 370 homes – has been given the go-ahead.
The Wood End, Deedmore, Henley Green and Manor Farm areas of the north-east of the city have already seen 500 new homes built.
Now planning chiefs have given the go-ahead for 373 more over the next five years.
The ‘Spirit Quarters’ redevelopment has also already seen 1,000 existing homes improved to make them warmer and more energy efficient.
The homes will be built by development partner Keepmoat Homes, and will be available for rent and sale with a mixture of two-bedroom flats and one, two and three-bedroom houses.
Leading Midlands housing provider Whitefriars Housing will own and manage 68 of the new homes, which will be available for affordable rent.
The scheme is being supported by a £2 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency’s affordable housing programme.
Kevin Roach, project director for Spirit Quarters and Director of Regeneration at WM Housing Group, said: “We are delighted that the next phase of this major redevelopment has been given the green light.
“These new homes and the start of the £10m improvements to homes and the environment on the Manor Farm estate will create a lasting legacy for the future, providing much-needed quality affordable homes for generations to come.”
Councillor Linda Bigham, Coventry City Council cabinet member for community development, said: “I’m really pleased that the next stage in the redevelopment of this part of Coventry has got the go-ahead. The area is being transformed and I’m delighted that local people have been at the heart of the changes.”
Martin Smith, resident chair of Moat House Community Trust, said: “This is yet more good news for our vibrant community and continues our vision of making the area an even better place to live, with excellent facilities and much-needed new and improved homes”
The project also aims to improve public open space, including with new play provision.
Partners involved in the project are Whitefriars Housing, Coventry City Council, Moat House Community Trust, Keepmoat Homes, Bovis Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency.