Plans to transform Newark Estate submitted

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An outline planning application to transform and regenerate the Yorke Drive estate in Newark has now been submitted.

The masterplan proposals, drawn up by Newark and Sherwood District Council and approved by the council’s policy and finance committee on November 29, include a scheme for hundreds of new homes, better sport and play facilities and a new community pavilion.

The plans follow an extensive consultation with local residents and stakeholders with the focus on making the area a safer and better place to live. This culminated in a public exhibition of the masterplan proposals in September 2018 in which 160 people attended both this and the drop-in event that followed, with more than 70 per cent of people who completed feedback forms indicating their support for the proposals to transform Yorke Drive through providing new homes and making improvements to the existing estate.

These plans have now been refined in conjunction with the Residents Panel, established for the estate, and the latest proposals submitted in the outline planning application set out a vision to create new homes, enhancing the leisure facilities for the whole community and enabling improvements to the existing estate.

They show a phased development approach which proposes building 325 new homes in total which includes the demolition and redevelopment of 130 existing homes as well as a new access road and improvements to the estate and playing fields. It is anticipated that the earliest the programme will start is 2020 and will take approximately 10 years to complete.

The council has also introduced a ‘Resident Offer’, which gives the opportunity for council tenants and home-owners who wish to remain on Yorke Drive, to do so, along with providing a generous package of financial compensation and practical support to help residents move.

Council Director – Safety, Karen White said: “We believe these plans set out an exciting new future for the Yorke Drive area and residents have played, and will continue to play, a crucial role in the consultation process.

“This is a real opportunity to bring positive transformation and deliver housing growth and regeneration to one of the council’s most deprived wards.”

The broad vision of the scheme includes:

• Undertaking selective demolition and redevelopment of parts of the existing Yorke Drive estate
• Building up to 325 new mixed tenure homes, to modern space standards, for rent and sale
• Raising money for new rented homes and improvements to the whole estate
• A safe, multi-functional park providing improved sports and leisure facilities for all
• Improving road access and the road network in the area
• Making the whole area a better and safer place to live
• A new frontage and new access to create a new “front door” to the estate on Lincoln Road

Subject to change, the plans are set out four phases. The first phase includes building 76 new homes on part of the Lincoln Road playing fields, which will be for residents affected by demolition of their homes, along with improved playing facilities.

Phase Two includes the demolition of 66 homes lying between Lincoln Road and Yorke Drive itself and a new self-contained development will take its place with road access point, improved open spaces and estate improvement works including traffic calming measures.

In Phase Three a second section of housing, next to those affected by Phase Two, will be demolished and a new development will include similar improvements to Phase Two. In Phase Four 114 new homes will be built on a second portion of the existing playing fields, also with estate improvements.