Ings residents welcome regeneration plan for rundown area
FAMILIES living in a rundown area of east Hull have welcomed plans for its redevelopment.
People in Ings were invited to look at proposals for a new area masterplan over the weekend. It means demolishing 300 homes and building new housing.
Ambitious regeneration plans for the Ings Road Estate were left in limbo after the Government abandoned them in 2010 as part of its spending review. But the scheme got a new lifeline last year.
Hull City Council received £3 million from a Government transition fund set up to help schemes derailed by the spending review. The council also put in an additional £7 million to kick-start the redevelopment.
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One of those looking at the plans at St Mark's Church in Bellfield Avenue on Saturday was Margaret Vosper, 50, of Finchley Close.
She said: "The plans are good but it's just that I can't wait until they get moving with it. I like living where, I do, but most of the houses are boarded up.
"It's good they're doing something but I wish they'd get on with it.
"We were supposed to be out of here by now but it looks like next year or the year after."
Her husband Peter, 68, said: "We'd both like to know a definite time- scale for moving.
"We're pretty isolated now. I've been here about 12 years.
"As it happens it isn't a problematic estate but the buildings need external repairs.
"We've had a lot of repairs done internally, which seemed like a bit of a waste of time."
Chris Emerson, 63, of nearby Surbiton Close, said: "It seemed quite good but I want to see more details. We need to see the proper layout of the houses."
The masterplan was put together by bidder Compendium Living for Caspon housing sites that have been cleared or identified for development. It is an interpretation of the Area Action Plan, adopted last year.
Residents were invited to ask questions and then fill in a questionnaire, which will influence the council's assessment of the plans.
If Compendium Living is successful at this stage of the process it will become the preferred lead developer partner to work with the council to prepare a planning application.
Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for strategic and operational housing, said: "We have been working really hard with our partners to draw in funding and start working through the process of appointing a lead developer to move things on for the people of Ings, to put an end to the period of uncertainty caused after the Government withdrew bespoke funding and while transitional funding bids were decided.
"We are now in a position to share the bidder's masterplan and we hope Ings residents will feed in their thoughts as part of the process.
"The lead developer model has seen success in the west of the city and we would like to see that success replicated in the east of the city."