Proposed redevelopment of homes at John Barker Place and Westmill Road

In total this includes 80 properties – 68 on John Barker Place and 12 on the corner of Westmill Road/John Barker Place as well as plans to redevelop the site of the Westmill Lawns retirement living scheme.

This proposed redevelopment comes within 12 months of starting and progressing work on the £20m redevelopment of new homes and shops on the on the corner of John Barker Place and Mattocke Road, which will provide affordable homes for residents of Westmill Lawns and Freemans Close. The first residents are expected to move into the new homes from summer 2022.

Investing in homes

The properties at John Barker Place and Westmill Road require significant investment to ensure they remain at the standards the government requires landlords like us to meet. In the coming years, this would require that we replace items including kitchens, bathrooms, windows, electrics and heating systems at many of the properties.

Future work will also be required to make the homes warmer and to meet government targets to be more energy efficient.  We have also identified additional investment that could be made in the communal spaces in and around the buildings, to improve on quality of life for families and older people living there. 

With this amount of work involved, the disruption it would bring and the level of financial investment required – we are now proposing the best option for residents is to provide new homes on the same site and to carry out a phased building programme similar to the new homes and shops on John Barker Place.

Penny Metcalf, executive director of development at settle, adds: “At settle, our first priority is to provide homes that are safe and comfortable for our residents to live in.  We’re committed to investing in the neighbourhoods in which we work to ensure they are good places to live in, where residents can feel proud of where they live, and we help improve the life outcomes for those living there.

“This is start of a long process, and we want to hear from residents and owner occupiers to help us shape investment in their homes, whilst also benefitting the wider community. We also want to ensure any future development will meet all modern safety, energy and space standards.”

A dedicated team of colleagues are working with residents, to ensure all the occupiers are provided with a home that matches their housing requirements.

There will also be local information events taking place on Saturday, 9 October (12-4pm) and Tuesday, 12 October (4.15 – 8.15pm) at the Westmill Community Centre where members of the project team will be available to answer questions residents may have regarding the redevelopment.