72 High Wycombe flats may be demolished in £10m regeneration

Bucks Free Press: 72 High Wycombe flats may be demolished in £10m regeneration 72 High Wycombe flats may be demolished in £10m regeneration

A DEMOLITION notice has been issued on 72 High Wycombe homes as a £10.5m regeneration process gets underway.

Starblocks in Castlfield, formerly council housing, may be pulled down to make way for new buildings.

A total rebuild is one of the options being considered by Red Kite Community Housing, which bough Wycombe District Council's housing stock 15 months ago.

There are 72 flats located in Chairborough Road and Pettifer Way.

Tenants and leaseholders have been told that despite the notice being issued demolition is not certain.

A consultation has begun.

Red Kite Chief Executive Trevor Morrow said: “It's a great location, it's just a question of the building being tired. The consultation is basically a case of what do people want on the site? If the majority of people feel redevelopment is the best option then it's whether we can phase it in in.

“Whatever comments come from the community it's a question of costing and making sure it's affordable. We have a sum of money set aside in the business plan.

“If the response is a more ambitious idea it's a question of whether we borrow money. There's a lot of uncertainty at the moment.”

There is no Government funds for the project, which officials aim to see completed by 2016.

The housing complex consists of five blocks, all built in the 1970s.

Red Kite said, as the first major project it has undertaken, it is important to make Starblocks the precedent for future schemes.

Tenants and leaseholders wishing to give their views can call Project Manager, Angela Wheeler, on 01494 476 293.

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6:25pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Marmite XO says...

What a great idea. Can the rest of Castlefield be levelled too?
What a great idea. Can the rest of Castlefield be levelled too? Marmite XO
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8:33pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Dawson1981 says...

Excuse me marmite xo, I live in castlefield and am quite happy with my home and do not want my home "levelled" and if they did level it you would be moaning that all the people from castlefield have moved into your area!!!!
Excuse me marmite xo, I live in castlefield and am quite happy with my home and do not want my home "levelled" and if they did level it you would be moaning that all the people from castlefield have moved into your area!!!! Dawson1981
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Kiwipuss says...

Red Kite will do a 1st class job, if it means pulling down old property and re-building up too date housing....
When Redkite took over these buildings from Wycombe Council, they took on a mammoth job, up-grading and renovations for all tenants. Redkite now have a super team of contractors to do all manner of works, so let them get on with it.
Red Kite will do a 1st class job, if it means pulling down old property and re-building up too date housing.... When Redkite took over these buildings from Wycombe Council, they took on a mammoth job, up-grading and renovations for all tenants. Redkite now have a super team of contractors to do all manner of works, so let them get on with it. Kiwipuss
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dr. Lucy Lastic says...

Kiwipuss wrote:
Red Kite will do a 1st class job, if it means pulling down old property and re-building up too date housing....
When Redkite took over these buildings from Wycombe Council, they took on a mammoth job, up-grading and renovations for all tenants. Redkite now have a super team of contractors to do all manner of works, so let them get on with it.
Oh I say! Have you got shares in Redkite or do you just work for them?
[quote][p][bold]Kiwipuss[/bold] wrote: Red Kite will do a 1st class job, if it means pulling down old property and re-building up too date housing.... When Redkite took over these buildings from Wycombe Council, they took on a mammoth job, up-grading and renovations for all tenants. Redkite now have a super team of contractors to do all manner of works, so let them get on with it.[/p][/quote]Oh I say! Have you got shares in Redkite or do you just work for them? Dr. Lucy Lastic
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Lividov says...

40 years doesn't sound long for the lifespan of these buildings.
40 years doesn't sound long for the lifespan of these buildings. Lividov
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