Around 70 people attended Curo’s public exhibition last week to see the proposals for the redevelopment of the land formerly occupied by Walnut Buildings. Curo says feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 93% of survey respondents stating they support the redevelopment proposals as showcased.
Walnut Buildings, Radstock
Curo are looking to build 32 much-needed new affordable homes through the redevelopment of the Walnut Buildings site in Radstock, North East Somerset.
Indicative street scene - looking south east upon entry from Woodborough Road
The proposed homes are a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments and 2- and 3-bedroom houses. Just over half of the new homes will be let at social rent to people on Bath & North East Somerset Council’s housing list (17) while the remainder (15) will be sold to first time buyers through the Shared Ownership scheme.
Most of the homes (28) would be delivered on the land formerly occupied by Walnut Buildings. We're also proposing to demolish the garages adjacent to our site in order to build another 4 homes.
Design features & sustainability
Our redevelopment proposals include EV charging points and a ‘home zone’ as the main road through the new development. Home zones are spaces shared between vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and children, with consideration given to the wider needs of the residents.
We aim to achieve minimum 19% reduction in CO2 emissions on the overall development compared to building regulations requirements - by using energy efficient building materials and renewable or low carbon technologies. Future homes at Walnut Buildings may feature air source heat pumps instead of gas boilers, while some may also have photovoltaic solar panels.
We ran our first public consultation between 29th March and 26th April 2021 to gather views from the local community about the future of the site.
Your feedback helped us design proposals for a new affordable housing development consisting of 32 homes for social rent and Shared Ownership, which we shared with the community at a public exhibition on Thursday 9 September 2021. Members of the public were also able to submit their views online via this page, between 10 - 24 September.
You can view the proposals as showcased at the public exhibition by clicking the link below.
What happens next?
We're now refining the designs based on feedback received from local residents and stakeholders. We're aiming to submit a planning application to B&NES Council in late autumn/winter 2021. Depending on planning consent, we could start works on site at Walnut Buildings by spring 2023 and complete the development by summer 2024.
Why redevelop Walnut Buildings?
Walnut Buildings consisted of a group of four blocks (32 flats) in Radstock, North East Somerset.
In 2019, as part of a planned programme of major improvements at Walnut Buildings, Curo carried out a number of detailed surveys and inspections to understand the condition of each of the four blocks of flats.
The decision to demolish came in November 2020, after in-depth surveys revealed that the type of construction would make it very difficult to refurbish the buildings to an acceptable standard.
Curo have worked with Bath & North East Somerset Council and residents at Walnut Buildings in 2019 and 2020 to find them new homes in the local area. All residents have moved to suitable accommodation, with the last few households moving out in September 2020.
Walnut Buildings News
Curo is proposing to build 32 new affordable homes on the land formerly occupied by Walnut Buildings in Radstock. A public exhibition of the redevelopment plans will take place on Thursday 9 September at Whisty Community Hall (BA3 3JL) and local residents are encouraged to drop in any time between 2-7pm.
Housing association and housebuilder Curo hope to build new, high-quality housing on the Walnut Buildings site in Radstock and are asking the local community to help shape plans for a future development. To take part, local residents are invited to fill in this short survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/walnut-buildings.