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130 homes set to be replaced by just 65.

Byline: SAMANTHA CLARKE

CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish a housing estate in Coventry moved a step closer this week when developers lodged a formal application with the city council.

Lovell Partnerships has revealed plans to bulldoze 130 houses on the Pridmore estate in Foleshill as part of a pounds 6 million regeneration scheme.

The properties are in the Kingfield Road, Pridmore Road, Maycock Road and Guild Road areas.

Lovell Partnerships wants to build 65 two-bedroom to six-bedroom homes - 35 of which will be for rent - a corner shop, a community centre and a park.

Earlier this year Coventry City Council agreed it would foot a pounds 500,000 bill for a city-based housing association to demolish 130 privately-owned properties on the estate, and to re-home Whitefriars tenants.

The scheme met with mixed reactions from councillors, and from residents and businesses on the estate.

But council leader Nick Nolan believed the scheme would be good for the long-term future of the area.

He said: "People on the Pridmore estate need as good housing as everyone else in the city. What we are trying to do is to resurrect the area. People have made their homes there and obviously are very fond of their homes, but it is time to move on."

The regeneration, which began in 2001, is expected to take four years. Housing bosses decided on the radical move because crime levels on the estate were high. And they said it became more and more difficult to let homes in the area.

Anyone who wants to put forward objections to the plan is asked to phone the city council secretary on 024 7683 3237.
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