The multi-million pound regeneration of Talbot Gardens on the Barne Barton estate in Plymouth is underway.
Sanctuary Housing has started work on the demolition of a block of flats on Savage Road.
Work to prepare the building for demolition was paused in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but contractors are now back on site in line with the latest government guidelines for safe working.
The news marks the first phase of Sanctuary’s proposed regeneration plans for the area. The proposals for the full regeneration have been the subject of consultation with residents and stakeholders, and will see the development of a mix of high-quality new housing.
The social landlord has been reviewing feedback from a public consultation event in February and is now working on the next stage of regeneration plans to share with the community. Residents and stakeholders will be presented with a range of ways to share their opinions on the new proposals.
As part of this work, Sanctuary has also entered into detailed conversations with individual leaseholders of homes on the estate about purchasing options for their properties, which are progressing well, and are happy to speak to further leaseholders about the plans.
John Hanson, Sanctuary’s Head of Regeneration, said: “Starting this demolition work is a major milestone in our regeneration plans for Barne Barton. We are operating in unprecedented times but hope this step will reaffirm our commitment to residents to regenerate the estate following the sudden pause to work for all developers in the wake of Covid-19. The safety of residents, staff and our contractors remains our number one priority and all work being carried out will be done so in line with safety guidelines.”
Residents can continue to provide feedback or ask questions by calling 0800 917 0477 from a landline, 0300 123 3590 from a mobile, or emailing BarneBarton@sanctuary-housing.co.uk. Further information can also be found by visiting www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/talbot-gardens-barne-barton-regeneration.