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Consultation on multi-million pound investment in Barne Barton launched

19 February 2019
Signpost for Talbot Gardens in Plymouth

Social landlord Sanctuary Housing is asking residents for their views on a proposed multi-million pound investment in the Barne Barton estate in Plymouth.

The housing association will consult with residents in maisonettes on Talbot Gardens, Savage Road and Roope Close.

It wants to know whether residents would like Sanctuary Housing to purchase the estate and regenerate it with new homes or refurbish the existing properties to a modern standard.

Sanctuary Housing is holding a first drop-in event on Friday 1 March at Tamar View Community Centre, in St Budeaux, between 10.30am – 6pm, where residents can learn more about the options for the ten blocks of flats and share their views.

The current owners of the site are Aviva and Quintain.

Daren Nowlan, Operations Director, Sanctuary Housing, said: “We recognise that the homes we manage in Barne Barton require significant investment.

“We feel that it is right to ask our residents if they want us to refurbish the existing properties or would prefer us to buy the homes and regenerate the area.

“Whatever residents decide, the outcome will see substantial investment in Barne Barton to transform the estate’s housing stock.  

“This is an opportunity for residents to help shape the future of Barne Barton and give us their views on how they want Sanctuary Housing to proceed.”

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, commented: “Having been liaising with constituents and Sanctuary Housing for some months now regarding serious ongoing issues with maintenance and upkeep of the properties in Barne Barton, I am delighted to hear that Sanctuary are exploring the option of purchasing the site, with a view to redevelopment following a period of consultation. 

“High quality, affordable housing, both social and private, is what local residents have been calling out for and I welcome Sanctuary taking a proactive approach to overcoming the challenges surrounding housing provision in Barne Barton.”

The first consultation event will be held on Friday 1 March, 10.30am-6pm at Tamar View Community Centre, Miers Close, St Budeaux, PL5 1DJ. If there is enough interest Sanctuary will consider holding another event.

Residents can also give their views and ask questions by calling 0800 917 0477 from a landline, 0300 123 3590 from a mobile, or emailing BarneBarton@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.