Derelict site set for £6.3m homes plan
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 July 2012 | UPDATED: 10:32 06 July 2012
A SET of derelict Weston buildings known as a drug and antisocial behaviour hotspot will be knocked down and replaced with a £6.3million housing development.
The Mercury reported in March how neighbours living in Langford Road on the Potteries estate had joined forces to campaign for a block of buildings to be knocked down.
They called for the former print works, which they termed an ‘eyesore’ and a potential danger to children, to be levelled, arguing it attracted drug users and homeless people. Now, Raglan Housing has announced plans to bulldoze the buildings and replace them with 51 new homes.
Almost 40 of the homes are being built under Raglan Housing’s agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency, with the remaining 12 funded by North Somerset Council.
The properties will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes with rents likely to range from £93 a week to £146 a week and will be completed by September 2013.
PC Andy Vallendar, Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s community beat officer for the Langford Road area, said: “Unfortunately these derelict buildings have been the source of antisocial behaviour in recent years and this has been a focus for the local neighbourhood team.
“It takes a community response to tackle antisocial behaviour and I welcome any effort, both by businesses and individuals, to help improve the area.
“I will continue to work with local people to tackle any issues in the area and would encourage anyone who has an issue they want to raise to get in touch with me.”
James Bradbury, Raglan Housing’s regional development manager, said: “We are looking forward to working with residents, the local authority, police and other partners to revitalise the Langford Road area and create a community which looks out for and cares for each other’s quality of life.”
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member for housing, said: “This area of Weston has been a neglected backwater for far too long and it is good to see new development coming to fruition.
“I am sure it will breathe new life into the local community and have been happy to endorse council funding support.”