Curo has been working with B&NES Council and local people since 2013 to develop proposals for the regeneration of up to 700 homes on the Foxhill estate.
Why regenerate Foxhill?
Foxhill is a post-war housing estate, where 60% of the homes are social housing. The area suffers with a lack of amenities and connectivity. Poor quality housing (including homes of pre-cast concrete construction) results in:
- High levels of transfer requests from tenants
- Poor environmental performance of properties with high energy costs
- Higher repairs costs
Foxhill is a pocket of deprivation in an otherwise affluent ward. It is increasingly unpopular with families, with a high rate of resident turnover. It has low levels of children’s well-being (the second lowest in B&NES) and is in the bottom 10% for educational achievement. Economic activity is 15% lower than average, and 28% of households receive benefits compared to the average of 9% in B&NES.
What could regeneration achieve?
This large scale regeneration could:
- Ensure that local people share the social and economic benefits of regeneration such as improved access to education, training and employment
- Provide high quality, sustainable homes to meet people’s housing needs now and in the long term
- Create a varied and integrated community by building homes across a range of tenures and property types
- Provide warm, secure, energy efficient homes that are cheaper to heat and maintain than existing properties on the Foxhill estate
- Integrate Foxhill with the wider community through improved transport and infrastructure links
- Ensure that residents in Foxhill benefit from new shared spaces and community facilities to support health and wellbeing