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Run-down Devonport estate set for the wrecking ball in new homes plan

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

  • Flats at Granby Green photographed by Paul Slater

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PLANS to demolish run-down social housing flats across two sites and turn them into more than 100 homes have been submitted.

If given the go-ahead by planning officials, 64 houses and 24 flats would be built on the vacant site on Granby Green in Devonport.

Another 14 homes, a mixture of social and private, could be built between Granby Street and Devonport Park as part of the same set of proposals.

Residents of the Granby Green estate, owned by Plymouth Community Homes, have been moved out in preparation for the redevelopment.

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Permission to demolish the structures, which accommodates 164 flats, was granted last September.

Former estate residents have been given the option by PCH to return to the neighbourhood once the work is complete.

The regeneration work is part of the Devonport area action plan, adopted by Plymouth City Council in 2007.

The application by Linden Homes says Granby Green suffers from a tired appearance, poor overall image, and dissatisfactory links to surrounding green areas.

It also states that the large blocks of flats do not appear welcoming.

The regeneration will see the current flats knocked down with new homes put in their place, with a focus on separate houses rather than blocks of flats.

It will open the area up with a new street connecting Park Avenue to Marlborough Street, running through the current estate site.

Three-storey town houses will be built along Granby Way,in keeping with the housing development on the other side of the road.

The key corners of the site will see three-storey flats erected with one placed at the meeting point of Park Avenue and Granby Way and also at Park Avenue and St Aubyns Street.

Blocks of flats will also be placed either side of the new street linking through to Marlborough Street.

With the exception of the blocks of flats, the rest of the site will be laid-out as two-storey homes with either on-plot parking or parking within courtyards.

The proposed development across the way, next to Granby Street, will see the current flats replaced with 14 two-storey houses and parking.

The green space between the site and Park Avenue will be retained.

Developers promise that 36 per cent of the properties built will be affordable housing.

These are set to include 12 one-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bedroom houses, another 11 three-bedroom houses and one four-bed house.

In total, the two sites will offer 45 two-bed houses, 32 three-beds, one four-bed, 12 one-bed flats and 12 two-bed flats.

The submission comes after Linden Homes held public consultations in February and October last year.

Plymouth City Council has conceded that the new homes will be less environmentally friendly than first stipulated in the 2007 action plan, according to the planning documents.

This is due to the pressures caused by the 2008 global financial crash and “lessons learnt” from the Ker Street development and initial phases of the Vision site on Park Avenue in Devonport.

The planning consultation period runs until February 11 with planning officers delegated to make a final decision afterwards.

LHC Architects were responsible for the submitted designs.

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  • plymouth22  |  January 19 2014, 5:51PM

    Run down, nothing wrong with these flats,upvc double glazed,central heating no built many years ago,clearly council has too much cash

  • potyiam  |  January 18 2014, 6:50PM

    why do councils destroy communities. they say they want community spirit but do not keep people who make it that way. i love devonport. the people and their spirit. we need more of it please not less.

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  • krjh1956  |  January 18 2014, 4:55PM

    i would just like to clear up on the story printed,i am an ex-resident who lived here for 13years and when we were forced to move out due to demolition we were NOT given the opportunity to move back,none of the residents were given the choice and were told it was not an option so pch are talking out their backsides!!harrydylan,believe it or not it was once a nice place to live and the reason it looks nasty is because when pch decided to lease the land for a quick buck no more up keep/work/repairs were done to any of the properties,they just left it to decay without a thought for the residents left to live in there!!

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  • greasyian  |  January 17 2014, 8:27PM

    ah jannerland at its finest !!

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  • iBritain  |  January 17 2014, 1:08PM

    It continues to astound me that @hello_world continues to come on this website to talk down everything. I'm glad I've never had the pleasure of never meeting such a miserable old fart, I fear i may kill myself after a short conversation with you. As myself and others constantly have to remind morons like yourself, 'affordable' refers to affordability to those in low income brackets, and not to the entire population. All the other houses will be 'affordable' in that someone will be able to afford them. The estate is clearly in need of redevelopment, I can't imagine that you would rather see them left as they are. Matchboxes they may be, but they give people a home, and I'm sure if you had ever been inside the current buildings on the site, you would realise they themselves are hardly penthouse apartments. As it is, Devonport is really beginning to pick up. Do us all a favour and get off this website.

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  • BS_Hater  |  January 17 2014, 1:02PM

    I hope miley cirus is riding the ball...

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  • harrydylan  |  January 17 2014, 11:53AM

    Who on Earth would want to live there, given a choice?

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  • marc1964  |  January 17 2014, 10:14AM

    It will be the same old story , they will move them back in , Into nice shinny homes and the making of a good area but give it 6 months and it will be burnt out cars and washing machines on the lawn ,

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  • hello_world  |  January 17 2014, 9:20AM

    "Developers promise that 36 per cent of the properties built will be affordable housing." Therefore 64% will be unaffordable. I'm sure they will all be **** overpriced matchboxes, the sort developers always put up these days.

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