The UK’s largest housing association has submitted a planning application to transform what residents have called the “forgotten island” of Barne Barton into a “sustainable and vibrant community with lasting social, economic and environmental benefits for all”. Clarion Housing Group’s ambitious plans, which have been developed in close consultation with residents and Plymouth City Council, will regenerate what was once the largest naval estate in Britain. Built in the 1960s, the estate is now outdated and unfit for 21st Century living.Flats in and around Wilkinson Road suffer from structural issues, damp, and problem plumbing.
The aim now is to change the layout of the estate, where Clarion is landlord to more than 200 properties, and improve the views, provide new homes and create opportunities for home ownership and enhance community areas. The idea is to build 204 new properties, including family homes and homes for over 55s; three play spaces, each dedicated to a different age group; a homezone residential street with community spaces; public open space with formal and informal play areas; and a community facility at the heart of Barne Barton.
London-based Clarion stressed that existing tenants who wish to remain on the estate will be re-housed. The planning application is being submitted less than a year after Clarion announced its intention to progress with the regeneration following “enhanced investment and regeneration in the area” and the support of Homes England and the city council. Clarion Housing received a £450,000 Government grant, which is match funded, to progress the plans. Alexandra Willey, head of regeneration at Clarion, said: “Today’s planning submission is truly the result of a team effort and incorporates feedback generated from our residents over the last year at our consultation events and through our regeneration steering group. “The kick-start provided by the £450,000 grant from the Government’s estates regeneration fund was also instrumental in helping Clarion develop our plans.”