Streets in The Meadows 'will be rejuvenated' with plans for 70 low-energy homes
PLANS for 70 new low-energy houses in The Meadows will be unveiled next week.
The latest development is part of a regeneration of housing across The Meadows, expected to be completed in 2015.
The flats in Pitcairn Close and Hobart Close will be demolished over the next few months to be replaced by 70 family homes.
Pete Taylor lives in Pitcairn Close, opposite some of the buildings that are being demolished.
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The 65-year-old is in favour of the plans. "It'll be nice," he said. "It should raise house prices.
"The way the existing flats been built, they're not energy-efficient. There is no proper insulation."
The scheme will be showcased at two public consultation events on Tuesday.
Councillor Dave Liversidge, Nottingham City Council's portfolio holder for housing, said: "I am delighted to see investment in new housing in The Meadows.
"The area will gain much needed new family housing in line with the aims of the neighbourhood plan."
Nottingham City Council appointed regeneration specialist Blueprint, housing group ASRA and contractors William Davis to develop the project.
Old Meadows Tenants' and Residents' Association chair Margaret Spencer welcomed the development. "It's about time the buildings were changed," she said. "They do look a bit tired.
"There's a lot of young professionals moving in. They like it because you are close to the river and the city – it will add to that."
The homes are intended to be similar to those recently built in Green Street, in The Meadows, all 38 of which were filled quickly.
Peter Conboy, project director at Blueprint, said: "We've seen with our Green Street project that well-designed homes in The Meadows appeal to people in the area. This latest project will build on the success of Green Street.
It will be similar in design and, like Green Street, will have an energy-efficient specification as standard."
The initial plan for the development includes 19 four-bedroom houses, 39 with three bedrooms and 12 two-bedroom homes. 31 of the homes will be for sale with 21 for low-cost rent, and the remaining 18 a mix of shared ownership and shared equity.
People will be able to comment on the proposals from noon to 3pm on Tuesday at the Bridgeway Centre precinct and from 4pm to 7pm at the Victoria Embankment.
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