Haboakus has announced the date of its first community consultation on proposals for new homes and the improvement of the wider park at Gorse Hill in Swindon.
It will take place on Saturday 10 March 2012 between 10am-2pm, at Gorse Hill Junior School, Avening Street, Swindon SN2 8BZ.
Simon McWhirter, project director for Haboakus, said: "We are working with Swindon Borough Council on plans to deliver around 240 new homes and loads of enhancements to the wider park in Gorse Hill. Most of the parkland – including both football pitches – will remain untouched or will have its landscape and facilities improved as part of our plans to invest £1 million in the park itself.
"We know that this is a much-loved area and that local people have lots of questions about what we are proposing – so hope they will come along to hear our answers and take the time to consider and feed into our plans."
Haboakus says it will rejuvenate underused elements of the park and provide children’s recreation facilities such as BMX tracks and play equipment, plant public orchards and integrate new dog walking tracks. It will also explore the potential to set up a community land trust or other community-based model to maintain and protect the open space.
A mix of homes is planned – most for sale, but with a lot for affordable rent and shared ownership. They are a mix of two-, three- and four-bed family houses, and some one- and two-bed flats. All of these homes would be built to similar standards and those for sale and rent would be mixed throughout the development to support an inclusive community.
"We hope local people will take part in discussion groups about the park improvement, recreation facilities, housing, and community development proposals," said Simon McWhirter.
"We believe that what we are proposing will lead to a better park for everyone locally, and will appeal to a wider range of people than it currently does. So at this first open public event, we will be asking local people whether they’d like to be involved with a small working group as the project moves forward.
"We will also look to work closely with resident groups and local community groups to ensure that our plans reflect local desires and needs."
Haboakus says the event on 10 March is for everyone in the community to drop in and discuss the plans and share any thoughts, concerns and ideas.
There will be fun family activities on the day – plus light refreshments.
Anyone wanting more information should contact Dave Aston on 01249 466052 or email@example.com
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