Working with Strata Homes, Keepmoat Homes and Home Group, JTP has secured detailed planning approval for a new neighbourhood which will see the delivery of approximately 500 new residential dwellings – with 242 homes being brought forward as part of the first phase of the development in the Preston Road area of Hull.
Preston Road lies to the east of the city centre, separated from the centre by the River Hull. The site is part of a former residential development known locally as The Groves – where most households have now been decanted and properties boarded up. Severely outdated in their design and in poor condition, these homes would require major investment to tackle inefficiencies and poorly designed public spaces. Additionally, the mix of properties is not suited to the current demand in the area. Rather than trying to extend the life of these residences, a regeneration strategy has been developed which provides new, low maintenance, energy efficient homes.
With excellent existing local amenities and transport links, Preston Road offers a great opportunity to knit back together the neighbourhood and provide much needed housing for a mix of sizes and tenure.
The design of the layout and house types has evolved through extensive dialogue with Hull City Council and the local community and have, as a result, been developed with reference to the local context and strongly rooted in JTP’s placemaking principles, ensuring an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable form of development which will engender genuine, transformational change and an important opportunity for aspirational living in this part of Hull.
The proposals seek to deliver a new high-quality residential community by designing well-defined streets and building lines, with street frontages designed to promote activity, ensure natural surveillance and eliminate opportunities for crime. The heart of Preston Road will be characterised with nature and biodiversity with the creation of a new green community space – for meeting, resting, playing or just passing through. It will harness connections to existing bus, cycle and pedestrian networks enabling easy reach to local schools and amenities, parks and nearby green spaces.
This is an exciting project that will help foster genuine transformation within the former Preston Road Estate and bring many benefits to the community. New homes have been designed around a series of streets and spaces bringing new and existing neighbours together connecting to the wider neighbourhood and network of public spaces.
Alan Stewart, Partner at JTP