Oval flats in Hereford soon to be torn down

Hereford Times: A design of the new-look Broxash Drive. A design of the new-look Broxash Drive.

WORK has started on an ambitious housing redevelopment set to change the face of the Newton Farm area of Hereford.

With The Oval at its heart, the regeneration of its surrounding three-storey residential blocks began last week, with the first properties due to be completed by the summer.

With 194 flats to be demolished and 259 new units set to take their place, the project is one of the most significant housing redevelopments the city has ever seen.

Those new units will include one- and two-bed flats, two-, three- and four-bed houses and one-bed bungalows, with a mixture of Herefordshire Housing rentals and properties to be sold on the open market.

And while some properties will be available this summer, the project is not expected to be completed until winter 2017.

The community has been at the centre of the process for two years, and through a steering group – comprising of councillors, residents and representatives from Newton Farm Community Association – is still in consultation with developers Keepmoat.

A survey found more than 85 percent of residents in favour of tearing down the estate in favour of new homes, despite the flats being structurally sound.

The hope is that a new build will have a “transformational change” on the area according to the project’s community plan.

The plan outlines a strategy to “undo the negative perception of the area”, making it a gateway to the city that encourages people to stay in the area and use local businesses.

The regeneration will also provide a community hub close the to the Oval shops – which are also set for a refurbishment as part of the scheme

A Herefordshire Housing officer has been taken on full-time to oversee the rehousing of former tenants, who, under the community plan, will be able to return as residents of the new estate if they wish to do so.

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12:44am Fri 21 Feb 14

socialcare says...

So, the buildings are structurally sound yet are being replaced. Fabulous, where is the funding for the project coming from?
So, the buildings are structurally sound yet are being replaced. Fabulous, where is the funding for the project coming from? socialcare
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10:59am Fri 21 Feb 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

The flats above the oval shops are not being torn down, funding from Herefordshire Housing.
The flats above the oval shops are not being torn down, funding from Herefordshire Housing. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 3

11:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

walter b says...

Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people
Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people walter b
  • Score: -9

11:23am Fri 21 Feb 14

oldergit says...

It won't alter the lifestyle of the people who live there. Blocks of social housing flats always cause problems. Waste of money.
It won't alter the lifestyle of the people who live there. Blocks of social housing flats always cause problems. Waste of money. oldergit
  • Score: -8

12:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

There's a couple of villages somewhere with their idiots missing.
There's a couple of villages somewhere with their idiots missing. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 9

5:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

megilleland says...

A pity existing residents lost open space where their children played - given away to the developers for nothing. It will now become covered with more housing and more traffic to spill out onto Belmont Road. That's progress!
A pity existing residents lost open space where their children played - given away to the developers for nothing. It will now become covered with more housing and more traffic to spill out onto Belmont Road. That's progress! megilleland
  • Score: -4

6:31am Sat 22 Feb 14

B the B says...

I had heard that the residents will be given a few thousand pounds for the inconvenience of moving out and then get the first option to take a new place. Perhaps someone could confirm this, in the mean time people on the waiting list are told they will be unlikely to get a place in Hfd because of the relocation.
I had heard that the residents will be given a few thousand pounds for the inconvenience of moving out and then get the first option to take a new place. Perhaps someone could confirm this, in the mean time people on the waiting list are told they will be unlikely to get a place in Hfd because of the relocation. B the B
  • Score: -4

9:52am Mon 24 Feb 14

Hereford Voice says...

walter b wrote:
Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people
Why do you discriminate against Polish people? There are plenty of Romanian, Portuguese, Lithuanian and people from the Czech Republic in Hereford, I guess you must be one of the ignorant ones who does not know the difference eh Can't believe that you actually made that racist remark...
[quote][p][bold]walter b[/bold] wrote: Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people[/p][/quote]Why do you discriminate against Polish people? There are plenty of Romanian, Portuguese, Lithuanian and people from the Czech Republic in Hereford, I guess you must be one of the ignorant ones who does not know the difference eh Can't believe that you actually made that racist remark... Hereford Voice
  • Score: 11

9:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

Hereford Voice says...

The new flats being built is funded by Herefordshire Housing and part of the Oval Regeneration Scheme, this is being discussed now www.herefordvoice.co
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The new flats being built is funded by Herefordshire Housing and part of the Oval Regeneration Scheme, this is being discussed now www.herefordvoice.co .uk Hereford Voice
  • Score: 0

11:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

herefordman99 says...

Hereford Voice wrote:
walter b wrote: Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people
Why do you discriminate against Polish people? There are plenty of Romanian, Portuguese, Lithuanian and people from the Czech Republic in Hereford, I guess you must be one of the ignorant ones who does not know the difference eh Can't believe that you actually made that racist remark...
Whilst not wishing to discriminate against our EU immigrants - Walter b does have a point. With over 5k locals on the council housing list, and with half of them due to be "struck off" the list due to changes the council are implementing, priority should be given to locals.
[quote][p][bold]Hereford Voice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]walter b[/bold] wrote: Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people[/p][/quote]Why do you discriminate against Polish people? There are plenty of Romanian, Portuguese, Lithuanian and people from the Czech Republic in Hereford, I guess you must be one of the ignorant ones who does not know the difference eh Can't believe that you actually made that racist remark...[/p][/quote]Whilst not wishing to discriminate against our EU immigrants - Walter b does have a point. With over 5k locals on the council housing list, and with half of them due to be "struck off" the list due to changes the council are implementing, priority should be given to locals. herefordman99
  • Score: 6

10:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

donaldtwain says...

walter b wrote:
Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people
...Daily Mail subscriber by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]walter b[/bold] wrote: Lets hope that they don't put druggies or polish people in them give them to only Hereford homeless and Hereford people[/p][/quote]...Daily Mail subscriber by any chance? donaldtwain
  • Score: 4

9:57am Thu 27 Feb 14

All Legs says...

Unbelievable! One of our main entrances to the City is about to be transformed, people's living conditions improved, the entire area lifted in a positive way, a housing association and developer funding it (i.e. NOT COUNCIL TAX PAYERS) and all people do is moan and criticise. Get a grip and see it for what it is - something really positive and good for the City! No doubt the whiners on here are the same crew against all the other regeneration that is going on in the city. Don't you want your home town to look better?
Unbelievable! One of our main entrances to the City is about to be transformed, people's living conditions improved, the entire area lifted in a positive way, a housing association and developer funding it (i.e. NOT COUNCIL TAX PAYERS) and all people do is moan and criticise. Get a grip and see it for what it is - something really positive and good for the City! No doubt the whiners on here are the same crew against all the other regeneration that is going on in the city. Don't you want your home town to look better? All Legs
  • Score: 5

6:13pm Fri 28 Feb 14

William Rudd says...

All Legs wrote:
Unbelievable! One of our main entrances to the City is about to be transformed, people's living conditions improved, the entire area lifted in a positive way, a housing association and developer funding it (i.e. NOT COUNCIL TAX PAYERS) and all people do is moan and criticise. Get a grip and see it for what it is - something really positive and good for the City! No doubt the whiners on here are the same crew against all the other regeneration that is going on in the city. Don't you want your home town to look better?
Most of these moaning gits would rather we were all still rolling around in the mud
[quote][p][bold]All Legs[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! One of our main entrances to the City is about to be transformed, people's living conditions improved, the entire area lifted in a positive way, a housing association and developer funding it (i.e. NOT COUNCIL TAX PAYERS) and all people do is moan and criticise. Get a grip and see it for what it is - something really positive and good for the City! No doubt the whiners on here are the same crew against all the other regeneration that is going on in the city. Don't you want your home town to look better?[/p][/quote]Most of these moaning gits would rather we were all still rolling around in the mud William Rudd
  • Score: 3

1:05am Tue 18 Mar 14

bozzeyed says...

As myself and a colleague were passing the flats at Belmont , he made a comment about them being torn down and replaced with new buildings. We noticed that these flats had new looking double glazed windows and thought that these flats had been updated recently. How much money was spent on these flats just on the windows alone and what happens to these windows once they are torn down.
As myself and a colleague were passing the flats at Belmont , he made a comment about them being torn down and replaced with new buildings. We noticed that these flats had new looking double glazed windows and thought that these flats had been updated recently. How much money was spent on these flats just on the windows alone and what happens to these windows once they are torn down. bozzeyed
  • Score: 2

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