Thumbs up for redevelopment plan

Published on: 01 Apr 2015

PLANS for a £4m redevelopment of a former supported housing scheme in Staple Hill have been welcomed by residents.

Merlin is hoping to build 30 new homes on the site of its former scheme in Irving Close. 

In March, Merlin invited local people to come and have a look at the plans. Dozens of people attended the event and gave their views on the proposed development.

Development manager Peter Crouch said: “We were very pleased with the number of residents who came along to have a look at our plans. We’ve got some really good, positive feedback from people and will be taking their comments on board.

"This is an important development which will provide more high quality affordable housing in Staple Hill. We are excited about redeveloping this site and linking the new development with the surrounding community.”

Irving Close was closed a  few years ago following a review that found it did not meet the needs of residents. 

Merlin is now proposing to redevelop the site and the garages in nearby James Road to provide a mixture of 30 new homes, including one and two bedroom flats, two and three bedroom houses plus a number of one bedroom bungalows.

The plans will be submitted to South Gloucestershire Council in April and, subject to permission, the aim is to start work on the site in the autumn.

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