Resident consultation - Ivy House and the surrounding area

We have been discussing our plans with local residents, involved tenants and local councillors. On 5 May we widened the conversation and shared plans with the community. Now we have a demolition update.

What's happening

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust plans to:

• Redevelop the site of Ivy House, the bungalows on Ivy Road and Countess Road, and adjacent garages.

• Build back good quality affordable homes - these will be a mix of bungalows and houses.

Our vision

One of our key priorities – as stated in our Strategic Plan – is to ‘create great places to live’. This proposed development, and our commitment to Weston and Ivymeade, forms an important part of that ambition and has the backing of our Board.

Demolition of the buildings - what to expect

At our resident meetings (see below) a lot of your concerns were in connection with the demolition of the buildings on Ivy Road and Countess Gardens. 

This update from our contractors, Connell Brothers, outlines when the work will start and how they will consider key risks, in particular road safety. 

Resident consultation meeting held on 5 May

You can watch the recording of the meeting here.

If you want to have your say please email getinvolved@peaksplains.org.

 

Video timings and questions

  • 0:55 Introductions
  • 4:25 Background to the development (Justine Gore - Assistant Director of Development)
  • 7:26 Customers consultations prior to this event (Dan Brocklehurst - Development Manager)
  • 8:15 Draft plans presented by architects Bowker Sadler
  • 19:17 The development timeline (ie demolition, planning application, redevelopment) - including security, waste and access. 
  • 21:45 Questions from residents 

 

Questions included

Will demolitions start in the school holidays?

We hope to do the demolition from July-September, while the school is closed if we can.

Will there be any impact in school-time traffic during the demolition?

Contractors will need to work out how to minimise the impact during school time (eg planned deliveries, and the movement of large vehicles). 

They will probably use the rear of the site, to keep away from the school.

The contractors will provide a traffic management plan, which will need to be approved by Cheshire East and Highways. This will form part of the consultation process by local residents and businesses.

How can we make sure that planned bungalows don't overshadow or overlook Countess Rd and Ivy Rd homes?

We have deliberately put low level buildings in the scheme to avoid blocking the sun.

The position of this home and the movement of the sun mean that the homes on Countess Road will not be cast into shadow, nor overlooked.

Noise and dust are a concern. What will be done to minimise that?

When we have appointed a contractor we'll need to submit plans for how we will mitigate noise, vibration, traffic and dust. 

For example, water will likely be used to suppress the dust. Scaffolding and solid timber hoarding will be erected before the demolition starts. 

Once completed, how big will the drives be? If there is only room for one car, parking will be an issue. 

The 2 and 3 bed houses will have two spaces each. There will be enough parking spaces to serve the entire site - for all properties that have been proposed. 

Ivy Road is very busy already. Sound is a problem for us. How will you manage that and consider traffic calming?

Will the drives cross the pavement? Will that be safe? The road has become increasingly unsafe.

The pedestrian route will be safely landscaped and the crossing by the school will be maintained. 

Your concerns about road safety have come across loud and clear. We will put forward your concerns about traffic calming to the Highways at Cheshire East. 

Will there be pile driving to prepare the ground for the build?

We don't know what the foundation plans are yet. 

There are different types of pile driving that could minimise vibrations, but we'll know more at the next stage of consultation. 

Will the houses be built in front of the housing line and block the first house on Ivy Rd that is set back?

We are removing a three storey building and replacing it with two storey house, so there should be less 'overshadowing', but we'll certainly look into this. 

Is the timeline of the demolition and planning realistic?

Good question. Some of it is out of our hands. Our timeline is partly dependent on planning, but we are keen to get the site down asap.

Ivy House has already been broken in to and we need to avoid any more anti-social behaviour where possible. 

Can the hoardings be decorative? 

Don't see why not. We've done this before and it's certainly something we can consider.

How much of the green area will you remove from the front of the houses on Countess Rd with the green in front of them? Can you put parking in instead?

Our early plans show a planted sloped embankment. Levels in this area are tricky. This is something we can look into though.

What will you replace the garages with? What boundary will there be?

It will be a bungalow with a shallow pitched roof. When the garages are removed there will be a proper and new fence provided. 

Would it help to bring access to the development through Bransdale Way to take some traffic away from Countess Rd?

Again there is an issue with levels here. We'll look into that. However it's worth noting that we've tried to split the access to the development fairly evenly between Bransdale and Ivy / Countess Roads. 

What will happen to the boundary between my home on Countess and the shared boundary that I currently have with Ivy House?

Access to these homes will be retained, but we need to do more work to look more closely at the levels.

There will be 2m (approx) fence at the back of these homes on Countess Rd.

Is there a proposed date for the hoarding to be erected?

This will depend on when we can get approvals to move forward. We hope for the end of the summer school term. 

Are these homes for sale or rent?

This has not been finalised. Currently, they are for affordable rent and a small amount for shared ownership. 

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