Plan for hun­dreds of new houses at for­mer Whit­ley pump­ing sta­tion

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By ENDA MULLEN

THE for­mer Whit­ley Pump­ing Sta­tion site in Coven­try is set to be the lo­ca­tion for hun­dreds of new homes.

Homes Eng­land, the Gov­ern­ment’s hous­ing ac­cel­er­a­tor, has ac­quired the land off Lon­don Road with a view to de­vel­op­ment.

The na­tional hous­ing agency is cur­rently work­ing with Coven­try City Coun­cil’s plan­ning team on pro­pos­als for the for­mer pump­ing sta­tion site.

Land was al­lo­cated by the city coun­cil to help un­block the site as part of ef­forts to meet Coven­try’s hous­ing needs go­ing for­ward.

The Whit­ley Pump­ing Sta­tion dates back to Vic­to­rian times and Homes Eng­land is keen to re­tain the his­toric build­ing and bring it back into use by work­ing with the coun­cil.

The site was at one point owned by Sev­ern Trent, who submitted an ap­pli­ca­tion for a re-use of the for­mer Whit­ley Pump­ing Sta­tion - turn­ing it into apart­ments though that was put on hold.

Homes Eng­land said pro­pos­als for the site will be shared with the pub­lic as part of a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise in 2019.

Homes Eng­land’s in­volve­ment in the site will help to speed up de­liv­ery of the pro­ject.

The agency said a high qual­ity res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment will ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Stephen Kin­sella, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for land at Homes Eng­land, said: “Our role is to en­sure more peo­ple in Eng­land have ac­cess to bet­ter homes in the right places.

“To make this hap­pen we in­ter­vene in the hous­ing mar­ket to build more homes where they are needed.

“We ac­cel­er­ate de­liv­ery and help to shape a more re­silient and di­verse in­dus­try.

“With a strong de­mand for new homes in Coven­try, we are keen to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with part­ners to en­sure that we are meet­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity and this is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how we are unlocking sites to meet those needs.”

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the new homes, in­clud­ing af­ford­able hous­ing will be submitted to the city coun­cil.

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