Hundreds of residents take part in consultations for regeneration of two Bromley estates
PUBLISHED: 12:13 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 03 July 2017
Housing assiociation, Riverside, are proposing to ‘regenerate’ Pike Close and Calverly Close
Consultations with residents of two Bromley estates have been conducted for proposals to invest millions into regenerating the areas.
Nearly 200 residents from Pike Close and Calverly Close have had their say on housing association, Riverside’s proposals.
The first consultation events were held in November and asked occupiers to have a say on what’s important to them, and help shape the estates.
A second consultation was held in April.
The housing association says it plans to invest “millions to build safer, warmer homes that are cheaper for customers to heat, create better open spaces for residents to enjoy, and improve the local environment”.
Stephen Elliott, Riverside’s regional director, said: “We are delighted by the huge response from residents, and the workshops have given us an opportunity to hear more about what they would like to see on the new estate. Their ideas are helping us to make a difference and shape the future of both communities. It is crucial that residents are part of the journey every step of the way.
“We are in the early stages of this long-term project, and are still working on the new designs for both estates. A planning application will only be submitted to Bromley council when the design is agreed by all stakeholders. We will be informing tenants at every stage, including showing the plans once they are drawn up to letting them know when they will be submitted.
“At this stage it is difficult to say when a planning application will be given to the council or when building work will start, but we anticipate this won’t be until next year. Due to the size of the project work will need to be carried out in phases to minimise inconvenience, so it could take up to seven years to complete.”
No firm plans have been drawn up yet. Consultation with residents is still continuing, including drop-in sessions and plans to a visit a neighbourhood elsewhere in London where similar regeneration work has been carried out.
An independent tenants’ advisor will be appointed for each estate to provide independent advice and help residents set up a tenant steering group so they are included in every stage of the process.
Bromley council have been approached for comment.