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Consultation exercise with Yorke Drive residents as regeneration work continues

Posted onPosted on 10th Dec
Consultation exercise with Yorke Drive residents as regeneration work continues

Work on the Yorke Drive Regeneration Scheme took another positive step forward this week as residents directly impacted by the proposals were invited to an online consultation meeting with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Compendium Living, the council’s development partner for the project.

Taking place over the course of two days (8 to 9 December), more than 120 residents were invited to attend the consultation which provided them with an opportunity to view and discuss the emerging designs for the scheme, including streetscape imagery, floor plans and an outline for project phasing.

The scheme to transform and regenerate Yorke Drive in Newark was approved in April 2019, subject to finalising funding, and despite COVID-19, work on the plans to build 320 market and affordable homes, better sport and play facilities on the existing playing fields, a new access road and a new community pavilion has continued.

Residents and stakeholders have been involved in extensive consultation throughout and the ambitious plans will make the area a safer and better place to live.

It is anticipated that the project will take approximately eight years to complete.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “The regeneration of Yorke Drive has been a priority for the council for a number of years and the plans will transform the estate to make it safer and a place people and families can be proud of living in.

“The plans are ambitious – 320 new mixed tenure homes will be developed to meet modern space standards and these will be available for both market sale and renting.

“We are pleased to see the momentum that has already been generated. Everyone who lives, works or is involved in some way with the area has been kept fully up to date with the scheme and there have been plenty of opportunities to get involved, such as this week’s consultation.”

Dave Bullock, managing director at Compendium Living, added: “There has been a significant amount of work behind the scenes over the last few months including ground investigations and surveys to allow us to develop detailed designs which we have been happy to start sharing this week.

“We have a programme to start on-site next September and are raring to go. A submission for detailed planning permission for the first phase is due by the end of February 2021.”

Further consultation will take place and be open to a wider range of stakeholders and members of the public in January 2021.

Diane Ledger, Yorke Drive resident, said: “The overall aesthetic of the plans are pleasing and it’s encouraging to see the ideas from residents have been used in the overall design of the buildings and outdoor spaces. Once work on-site starts I’m intrigued to see how the vision of the architects becomes reality.”

To see the latest design concepts for the project, visit the Newark and Sherwood District Council website.