Building work to start on site of former Akeman Court building in Cirencester

An artist's impression of the new homes on the former Akeman Court site

An artist's impression of the new homes on the former Akeman Court site

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WORK to build more than 10 homes on a vacant piece of land in the heart of Cirencester is set to begin this week.

The site of former sheltered housing building Akeman Court in Cricklade Street has been untouched since the original building was flattened last year after first being closed due to lack of demand in 2008.

News that Bromford Housing Association will start building 13 new properties on the land from Monday, April 7 has been welcomed by Cirencester Park councillor Joe Harris.

“This is great news. I’ve spoken a lot with residents living in Lewis Lane and I know that they have wanted a solution for a long time,” he said.

“It is such a wasted space at the moment. Any housing that is being built in the Cotswolds is good if it is going to local people.”

Although Bromford submitted plans for the new homes in 2010, full planning permission was not granted until March of last year.

The application sets out details for five three bedroom homes and one four bedroom home, as well as seven shared equity flats.

A design and access statement published by Bromford in 2010 said the new properties will be “well-designed, high quality and attractive places for people to live in”.

The statement also read: “The proposal is to provide affordable housing which enhances the area for the community which has a growing need for housing.”

Suzanne Shead, head of neighbourhood at Bromford, said the firm was “really excited” to be kicking off the construction.

“We’ll be on site from April 7 and we are looking forward to moving this development forward,” she said.

Bromford currently manages 4,643 properties across the Cotswold district with a large percentage of homes located in Cirencester.

For further information, visit www.bromford.co.uk.

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7:17am Sat 5 Apr 14

bothered14 says...

Oh look more property for bromford to neglect. Instead of wasting money on new buildings why dont they try dealing with the tenants who have waited months for work to be done or had sub standard repairs done. Ridiculous.
Oh look more property for bromford to neglect. Instead of wasting money on new buildings why dont they try dealing with the tenants who have waited months for work to be done or had sub standard repairs done. Ridiculous. bothered14
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11:42am Mon 7 Apr 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

That "artists impression" looks like something off Play School.

Bothered's right though .... more Bromford neglect on the cards.
That "artists impression" looks like something off Play School. Bothered's right though .... more Bromford neglect on the cards. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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6:15pm Tue 8 Apr 14

dopey1 says...

"... like something off Play School." !!!!
Agreed!!!!!!!!!!

Given that artist's impressions usually show a design off such that it looks much better than the eventual reality, what hope here?
"... like something off Play School." !!!! Agreed!!!!!!!!!! Given that artist's impressions usually show a design off such that it looks much better than the eventual reality, what hope here? dopey1
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8:39pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Affordable housing for who??? A 4 bed property? How much will that be in central Cirencester? 3 bed properties, again how much? and 7 shared ownership flats. How about making the whole lot shared ownership flats or low rental flats for local youngsters of Cirencester to live in?

What with the ridiculous 'luxury' accommodation going up behind Argos with gorgeous 360 degree views of brick and car parks, and all the crammed in expensive houses by Tesco kingsmeadow.... when will someone stop to think of those wanting to leave home and start off on their own?

Even the cinema plans were to house Aggie students above..... why not 100 flats for local youngsters??? The Aggie students do not need a helping hand when the purse of mummy and daddy is there. They drive around in brand new cars, spend a fortune on alcohol and partying and holiday in the best of places around the world!

This development of Akeman court would have been perfect as affordable starter flats to rent or buy, as would the Argos car park site.
Affordable housing for who??? A 4 bed property? How much will that be in central Cirencester? 3 bed properties, again how much? and 7 shared ownership flats. How about making the whole lot shared ownership flats or low rental flats for local youngsters of Cirencester to live in? What with the ridiculous 'luxury' accommodation going up behind Argos with gorgeous 360 degree views of brick and car parks, and all the crammed in expensive houses by Tesco kingsmeadow.... when will someone stop to think of those wanting to leave home and start off on their own? Even the cinema plans were to house Aggie students above..... why not 100 flats for local youngsters??? The Aggie students do not need a helping hand when the purse of mummy and daddy is there. They drive around in brand new cars, spend a fortune on alcohol and partying and holiday in the best of places around the world! This development of Akeman court would have been perfect as affordable starter flats to rent or buy, as would the Argos car park site. Jessica Rabbit
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9:56pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Scissorhands says...

Jessica rabbit... I live on Kingshill Meadow, it is not crammed in the slightest. And the majority of this new estate is shared ownership and "affordable" rents. It seems the people who comment on the standard news page have nothing positive to say. All I can add is thank goodness something is being built on that site as it'll look far more desirable than it does now!
Jessica rabbit... I live on Kingshill Meadow, it is not crammed in the slightest. And the majority of this new estate is shared ownership and "affordable" rents. It seems the people who comment on the standard news page have nothing positive to say. All I can add is thank goodness something is being built on that site as it'll look far more desirable than it does now! Scissorhands
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6:43am Wed 9 Apr 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

As you come into Cirencester on the A419, Kingshill Meadow, to the right, looks like a New York Ghetto, perched high on the hill as it is.

Give it 5 years and the Graffiti artists will get to work and the dwellings will be covered in “street art”, "post-graffiti" and "neo-graffiti" and it will be an area of town best avoided.
As you come into Cirencester on the A419, Kingshill Meadow, to the right, looks like a New York Ghetto, perched high on the hill as it is. Give it 5 years and the Graffiti artists will get to work and the dwellings will be covered in “street art”, "post-graffiti" and "neo-graffiti" and it will be an area of town best avoided. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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9:36am Wed 9 Apr 14

Rex Cooper says...

Supreme Chancellor.......
If you'd been to a New York ghetto you'd know that Kingshill Meadow doesn't look remotely like that. In fact it looks better than the approaches to most towns. Like most contributors to these pages you rubbish everything but have nothing positive to contribute.
Supreme Chancellor....... If you'd been to a New York ghetto you'd know that Kingshill Meadow doesn't look remotely like that. In fact it looks better than the approaches to most towns. Like most contributors to these pages you rubbish everything but have nothing positive to contribute. Rex Cooper
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2:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Wow.... Loving the way you pick up on the comment about kingsmeadow but miss the point about housing youngsters! Mmmm...... I have lots of positive things to say, just not about Cirencesters future housing plans. This town is for the rich and if nothing changes in the next 10 years or so it will just be a ghost town full of pensioners :)
Wow.... Loving the way you pick up on the comment about kingsmeadow but miss the point about housing youngsters! Mmmm...... I have lots of positive things to say, just not about Cirencesters future housing plans. This town is for the rich and if nothing changes in the next 10 years or so it will just be a ghost town full of pensioners :) Jessica Rabbit
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7:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Scissorhands says...

Kingshill Meadow is housing "youngsters" There are young families all around this estate. And as for calling this a future ghetto, I am appalled at your ignorance!!
Kingshill Meadow is housing "youngsters" There are young families all around this estate. And as for calling this a future ghetto, I am appalled at your ignorance!! Scissorhands
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