Council unveils community regeneration plans

18 May 2018

Stevenage Borough Council has unveiled plans for state of the art homes for older people in a flagship scheme which will also involve building a new community centre, homes and shops.

Residents are being asked to give their views on plans for the £40million investment into the lives of residents, which will see an independent living scheme built at Kenilworth Close with a café, enclosed private balconies and roof garden for residents to enjoy fresh air year-round.

In the independent living scheme there will be more than 78 homes for older people and existing bedsits will be replaced with flats with separate living space.

There will also be new homes built for all ages, for private sale, social and affordable rent, making 200 homes in all, as well as new shops. The existing community centre will be redeveloped nearby to provide a new modern centre for more residents to enjoy.

The council completed a similar scheme in Pin Green last year, and the new community centre in Hampson Park is home to dozens of clubs and activities, as well as a community café.

Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People, said: “We’re making a big investment in the lives of older people, which will offer unrivalled quality in Stevenage. It will give our residents a wonderful roof terrace with the private, secure space they have told us they would like.

“We have been working closely with residents at our existing scheme, and there is real enthusiasm for what this will offer. We are not just building homes, but improving the whole neighbourhood, providing amenities for the community, with a new parade of shops and a community centre of a quality our residents deserve. Because this scheme is about the wider neighbourhood we are keen to hear what local people think.”

We’ll be releasing final plans in June on our planning website: stevenage.gov.uk/planning

If people have any early comments or queries on the scheme they can email the Housing Development team: housing.development@stevenage.gov.uk

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