204 homes for Kleeneze site
QUESTIONS about parking, affordability and antisocial behaviour were raised at a public meeting to discuss plans for the former Kleeneze site.
Homes England, the government housing delivery agency, bought the site in 2020.
Tesco had previously gained planning permission to build a supermarket on the plot bordered by Anstey’s Road, New Walk and Martin’s Road but failed to develop it.
Homes England hopes to create an “urban lifestyles” housing development there.
The 52 attendees at the Zoom public meeting were presented with some ideas of what the development could look like. It could include up to 204 houses and flats, live/work spaces, a business hub and an area that could be used for residential care for the elderly, health care or a creche.
The suggested layout includes a village green in the centre of the estate including a play area, with taller buildings overlooking it to deter antisocial behaviour. Shorter buildings would be placed on the outskirts, to match the existing homes surrounding the site.
The Sealtech site next door will continue operating, with its access moved to New Walk subject to planning permission.
The possible development of the site prioritises walking and cycling, with around 390 secure bike spaces included.
However, several questions were raised at the meeting regarding parking for between 350 and 450 new residents. Approximately 190 parking spaces are proposed at the moment, including 30 to 55 visitor spaces that could be used by people living in the surrounding roads or those wanting to shop on the high street.
Not all properties would have an allocated parking space, while two-bed homes and flats might only have one parking space.
Work will begin this summer on making the site suitable for work to begin. It currently has mineshafts and wells on it, as well as derelict buildings that contain asbestos that need demolishing.
Once work is complete, a developer will be sought and actual plans will be put through the formal planning process.
Andy Ward of NEW Masterplanning, who put together the potential architectural design shown at the meeting, said: “This site really is a shocker. If I lived there I’d be really wanting this to happen.”
His colleague, Tom Smith, said they had used the style of other buildings around Hanham, such as prominent gables, to influence the design so that the development would blend in.
He said they focused on, “How can we create something on this site so it really feels part of Hanham?”
The site is close to Samuel Whites and Hanham Abbots schools, as well as Hanham community centre. Consultation with the schools and other community facilities, such as capacity at GP surgeries, will form part of the later application for planning permission.
Construction work is likely to begin in 2023 and take two to three years to complete.
Homes England’s development manager John Boutwood said: “A big thank you to everyone who attended our public consultation event.
“All comments questions and comments about the draft proposals are gratefully received and we are considering all points that people are putting to us through the various feedback channels.
“Our draft plans continue to evolve and we hope to be in a position to submit an outline planning application later in the year. Our aim is to bring forward a comprehensive redevelopment scheme that will revitalise this long-standing derelict, brownfield site and deliver much-needed new homes and commercial space in the centre of Hanham.”