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Plans afoot to revamp ‘untidy’ area of Chippenham
10:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
Greensquare has revealed plans to regenerate Patchway in Chippenham.
Heads of the housing group told councillors at last week’s area board meeting they have been asking residents what they want to see improved.
Sixty per cent of respondents rated the area as okay, 30 per cent as good and the rest said it was poor.
While residents enjoyed the proximity to shops and easy access to public transport, many thought the area, which was built in 1968 and comprises 25 social and nine privately owned homes, was untidy and run down with wasted space, a lack of parking and some anti-social behaviour.
Councillors heard how the amount of gathering space in front of shops had been decreased by the regeneration of Braydon Court in Swindon.
Phil Bowley, head of regeneration, said: “What we’d like to do isn’t knock everything down but some of the spaces in and around the flats aren’t working very well. We want to develop some of the areas around the garages, not just for rent but also some for sale and some shared ownership.”
Councillor Nina Phillips asked how they would mitigate the loss of garages.
Jenny Spoor, head of neighbourhoods, said the space might be better otherwise used because of the housing crisis. She said: “We need to re-evaluate what people are using them for. Many don’t use them for cars but for storage, because they’re too small for modern sized cars.
“We are still in the early stages of consultation, so there are no specific plans yet. We will continue to work with local people to help shape any plans for regeneration in Patchway.”
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