Facelift to turn 'deprived' Barrow area into urban oasis
Published at 14:29, Sunday, 06 October 2013
THE vision for the multi-million pound regeneration of a deprived area of Barrow has been unveiled.
Barrow Borough Council has revealed the plans for the Barrow Island properties close to the Devonshire building and around Schooner Street, Steamer Street and Barque Street.
The impressions have been drawn up by the preferred choice of four bidders to design the project funded by £3.4m from the government’s Clusters of Empty Homes Fund.
The government money must be matched by the private owners – taking the total investment near £7m. Barrow Island was selected for the bid as the borough’s only area which met the criteria where more than 10 per cent of properties are empty.
The Landscape Institute, on behalf of the council, selected the London-based Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith as the successful team to design the vision.
Councillor Ann Thomson, council spokeswoman for environment and planning said: “We’re extremely pleased to have selected our design partners and look forward to them helping us deliver a vision that improves the quality of life for residents of Barrow Island flats.”
The bulk of the money will be used to work with the owners of the largest two property portfolios. Together, these contain around 600 flats, which are around 100 years old.
The funding will provide loans to allow the refurbishment to accelerate, bringing the properties back to a lettable condition and stimulating demand for the flats, the council said. The loans will be repaid to the council by the owners over time.
Around a third of the money will be used to carry out improvements to the environment around the flats. The council said this will improve the general appearance of the neighbourhood and make it a more attractive place to live.
In December last year, however, the plans divided opinion. A survey by a Barrow Island steering group revealed 88 per cent of people questioned did not want funding to be spent on the flats, with doubts over whether there would be demand to live in Barrow Island flats even after renovation.
A spokesman for Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith said: “Our entry proposed that the creation of a desirable place with great first impressions would be the ‘tipping point’ for the whole regeneration of this neighbourhood.
“The new public realm will draw residents back into the maritime street – a great place to live with a sustainable and healthy long-term future.”
Phil Huck, council chief executive, said: “One of the priorities of the council is dealing with poor housing stock. We all know we’ve got problems in this area.
“We’re doing everything we can and we’re still sending significant amounts of capital money on improving property in the Central area and we’re now moving on to Barrow Island flats.”
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have council taken a walk around back off green gate ,rawlinson street deprived ,its a dump,accent housing whom directors are mps get to knock fryers pub down and to build housing ,no one else would have got permission,tesco extra in hitchens recking small business also walney on hindpool all up for sale if look on internet for millions all own by share holders in town hall freemasons, this is why we have deprived areas the council make them to claim euro money only to fleece most off for selfs,police will prosecute and investigate small people whom benefit fraud in deprived areas but seems work for town hall they get away with their loophole cover everything up
And how long would it be before the outdoor areas are vandalised by the feckless yobbos that are seen loitering around the flats whose parents don't seem to give two hoots about their children's behaviour.
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