Homes proposal for industrial estate

Coun Scott Dickinson.
Coun Scott Dickinson.

A proposal to build up to 55 homes on Hadston Industrial Estate has gone out for consultation, with residents urged to have their say.

Consultancy firm WYG, on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency, has put forward the scheme.

At this stage, it is unknown what the mix of housing types will be, but it is anticipated that a number of the properties would be stater homes – an initiative to make housing available to first-time buyers between the ages of 23 and 40 at a discounted rate of at least 20 per cent off the market value.

The applicant says the plan would transform a derelict site on the trading estate.

A public exhibition to showcase the scheme was held in Hadston at the start of the month and residents are being urged to send comments to WYG no later than tomorrow. Feedback will be considered before an outline application is formally lodged with the county council.

At the Monday, February 6, meeting of East Chevington Parish Council, members had mixed feelings about the plan.

Coun Thelma Morse said building more homes in the village was ridiculous, because the doctors’ surgery, for instance, is ‘already overstretched’.

Coun chairman Paul Claridge added: “There aren’t many jobs in this area and now they could be closing part of the industrial estate to build houses.”

But Coun Scott Dickinson said: “That part of the industrial estate has stood idle for a period of time and this scheme could be the only way that young people in our area can get onto the property ladder within the village.”

He said it is a fine balance between something that allows young people to stay in the community, but also listening to ‘genuine concerns’ about building homes on the trading estate.

He said that it was important to try to guide the scheme in a way which benefits and meets the need of the community.

To view the plan and leave comments, visit www.wyg.com/hadston