We started discussions with residents about possible regeneration in 2016, when the Far East Consortium International (FECI) gained planning permission to develop the area along Manilla Street and Marsh Wall.
This high-density development includes over 700 homes, a hotel and a school, and is right on the doorstep of the 25 homes our residents live in on Bellamy Close and Byng Street. With building heights of up to 63 storeys and an anticipated five-year construction programme, residents expressed concern about the disruption and future impact of the FECI scheme. That’s when we started looking at the possibility of redeveloping the existing homes.
We held a number of events to talk to residents about potential regeneration and they then elected a Residents’ Steering Group, who appointed an independent resident adviser, Ian Simpson from Communities First. We have continued to work closely the steering group, Ian and the wider resident community on a programme of consultation and engagement, including resident events, design workshops and fortnightly meetings to come up with regeneration proposals that were put to a resident vote in December. Residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of regeneration (83.9%) in the ballot which saw a 100% turnout.
We will continue consulting with residents as we move towards submitting a planning application later this year.
You can find out more about the proposals in the following:
Consultation event information boards
You can also contact us with any queries by emailing the project team at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can get in touch with Ian Simpson, the independent resident advisor on 0300 3657150 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.