Our initial proposals blend the old with the new, contrasting modern contemporary buildings with the heritage of the listed ones that we'll retain and restore.
The proposal includes 313 new homes consisting of 187 one-bedroom, 113 two-bedroom apartments and 13 three-bedroom apartments. Each of which will be designed to meet the Government's size standards and the council's policy on private amenity space.
All of the new homes will be available to rent on long term assured tenancies and managed by Dandara Living. We price all of our apartments at a level that is accessible to a wide range of people.
All of the kitchens will be fitted out with integrated appliances and the bedrooms all have built in wardrobes. The two bed apartments have been designed with sharers in mind with equal sized ensuite bedrooms.
New commercial units, modern and fit-for-purpose will be created.
The new parade of shops will look out onto Church Street, Queen Square and Frogmoor. Listed buildings (locally and statutory) will be retained, restored and renovated with new buildings constructed between them.
We will create a new residential street linking Priory Road and Frogmoor.
This is to be pedestrianised, improving accessibility in the town centre and will create a safe and high quality new connection for future residents and the wider community.
The creation of this new street came about through discussions with council officers, and aims to improve the movement of people as well as addressing current anti-social behaviour concerns.
It is important to us that the town centre be a safe and enjoyable space for all, not just tenants.
The proposed design is contemporary, as opposed to traditional. The buildings facing Frogmoor, Queen Square and Church Street will be similar in height to the heritage buildings we are retaining. The ground floor will provide commercial / shop units, with a maximum of three storeys of apartments above.
The new buildings along Priory Road will be three to six storeys in height. The buildings along the new street will be six storeys to eight storeys in height, with the ground floor on the North side reserved for the residents lounges and amenity spaces.
The development is designed to be accessible and located to reduce dependence on the private motor vehicle.
The majority of essential services are all within a 20 minute walk of the site, with access to high-frequency local and national public transport.
Secure cycle parking will be provided. 116 car parking spaces will be available, and accessed off Priory Road. 20% will have EV charging points with a further 20% capable of meeting future demand. Accessible spaces will be available to residents along with a Car Club supporting the wider community.
Town centre developments are less likely to attract people with a high dependency on a private vehicle. It is estimated that 70% of tenants will be unlikely to rely on a private motor vehicle.