The decision has been taken to redevelop the prefabs on Beattie Avenue (story here). These prefabs weren't designed to last, the past 30 years have been a compromise between the costs of sustaining the properties vs the costs to redevelop them. The time when we need to consider the latter has come.
How many properties are affected?
41 properties to be decanted in total – 39 in Beattie Avenue and 2 on Hunderton Road. All of these properties are owned by Herefordshire Housing.
Will there be any form of compensation?
Yes, each household will be eligible for the statutory home loss payment of £6,100 in addition to this there will also be a disturbance allowance payment.
When will I receive my Home Loss payment?
You will receive your payment of £6,100 once you have made your final move into your permanent home. If you are moved into a temporary decant property, you will not get this payment until you have moved into your permanent home.
How is the disturbance allowance paid?
This allowance covers any physical items such as curtains / blinds, flooring and decorating materials you require at your new home. It also covers any services such as removals and floor fitters etc. You have a maximum amount of £1,500 and if you chose one of our recognised suppliers we will organise this for you and pay the supplier direct. However if you would like to use a different supplier this is fine, all we would need is to see copies of the receipts so that we can reimburse you for the cost incurred.
What if I go over my allowance?
£1,500 is the maximum amount we can offer you, however if you would like to spend more than this allocated amount we will be able to facilitate this for you by deducting any extra payments from your home loss payment.
What will the redevelopment look like?
A planning application has been submitted and it is hoped that approval will be given during the summer of 2018. See the proposed site layout here. Please note that this plan may be subject to change as it goes through the planning process.
How will new properties be allocated?
Properties will be allocated as a priority to customers wishing to return to the area. Properties will be allocated on their housing need as per our allocation policy. If customers need a bungalow with easy access they'll certainly get one.
How will the moving process work?
Moving house can be challenging, if customers need full support moving we'll be there to assist. This includes Herefordshire Housing paying for removals, packing up services, new carpets/curtains/painting and the reconnection of utilities.
I'm in a bungalow now will I have to live in a flat?
No, unless you have specifically expressed an interest in moving to a flat. We will seek to find you suitable alternative accommodation as per your housing need. We will always offer you a viewing at the property before you need to make any decisions.
Do I need to register with Home Point?
No, Herefordshire Housing have already been in contact with Home Point and we will ask them to register your details onto their system.
How much support and help will you give me with the move?
Rob Pugh is your Customer Account Manager dedicated to the development project. We also have other colleagues at Herefordshire Housing on hand to assist you with your move as much as possible. Rob will be meeting you all individually over the coming months. We have made a note of your household needs including any aids and adaptations, medical conditions and special requirements for your new property. We also have a record of the areas you have highlighted you would be interested in potentially moving to.
|21/03/2017||Start of customer consultation period - Letter sent to affected customers notifying them of the redevelopment|
|28/03/2017 - 29/03/2017||Home visits to affected customers|
|12/04/2017||Consultation event at the Three Counties Hotel|
|September 2017||Planning submission|
|14th December 2017||Consultation event at the Three Counties Hotel detailing the plans we have submitted|
Planning Application submitted
|Summer 2018||Planning Approval anticipated|
|Autumn 2018||Tender works & appoint contractor|
|Late 2018 to Summer 2020||Building works to be carried out in phases|