Hawthorn Avenue regeneration lands Hull council national award

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 May 2017

The transformation of the Hawthorn Avenue area has helped clinch Hull City Council a national award.

The area of west Hull fell into disrepair and received a further blow when huge regeneration plans were pulled by the Government in 2010.

But the council managed to pull together funding and worked with Keepmoat Homes to build 700 homes to date, with many more to come as part of the £500m regeneration programme.

Newington ward councillor Lynn Petrini believes the transformation, which includes the Amy Johnson scheme, has been hard fought but worth it.

She said: "Residents have had a tough time when regeneration stopped and then many had to live in the middle of a building site.

"But the Amy Johnson site is 110 per cent better than it was. Compared to the houses we used to have down Hawthorn Avenue, it is so much better.

"There have been teething problems on the new estate but most of those have been resolved. There is a real sense of community pride now. It has been a hard fight but certainly one worth winning."

The work in the Newington and St Andrew's (NaSA) area has landed the council the UK Housing Award 2017 for "an outstanding approach to regeneration."

The judges were particularly impressed by the development partnership between the council and Keepmoat Homes, which aims to build 1,457 new homes over 13 years.

The build programme has been heavily influenced by local people who have had a say on housing designs, the look of front elevations and helping to influence the open spaces - vital to ensuring the new neighbourhood is sustainable as a place where people want to live and work.

Integral to the partnership's development is a commitment to provide jobs for local people, with 426 full time jobs created along with 60 apprenticeships.

Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for housing and infrastructure said: "The council's housing regeneration programme is ambitious, bold and the most radical that this city has seen for generations.

"Winning this award reassures us that we are not only the right track but that we are national trailblazers. It is a fantastic accolade for Hull."

regeneration in NaSA has not been confined to new build. Works to improve the exteriors and frontages of homes on White Street and the frontage of Hawthorn Avenue have been carried out, and empty homes and energy efficiency improvement work have been completed in the Boulevard and Wellsted Street areas.

Within the re-development of Hawthorn Avenue, a new care facility has been built to ensure people can remain local, regardless of their needs.

Cecil Gardens has 60 self-contained apartments designed specifically for adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

Cllr Black said: "While bricks and mortar have improved the look of the NaSA area, it is the fact that we have had a forward thinking partnership which has involved local people in the development, taken account of their needs and aspirations and engaged their strengths, all of which contribute to create a strong, cohesive community.

"As a result, this national award is recognition for the residents of NaSA as well as the council and Keepmoat."

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