Have your say on how new homes for Hillfields will look

March 06 2020
Have your say on how new homes for Hillfields will look

PEOPLE living in Hillfields will be able to choose how new homes, built by the community for the community, will look.

The Hillfields Family & Community Trust is inviting residents to a special event where they can get involved and help shape the Hillfields Park Community Homes project.

Ten homes will be built next to the Hillfields Community Hub, just off Thicket Avenue, and people are being invited to a special event at the hub on April 5 from 11am to 2pm where they can get involved.

The event is open for everyone and there will be a bouncy castle, children’s games and refreshments and a free lunch for everyone who comes.

Project manager Leah Eatwell said that, with the estate’s original housing marking its centenary this year, trust wanted people to tell them what kind of housing they would like to see built for the next 100 years.

Leah said: “There is a housing crisis and climate emergency, there are a lot of local people and experts looking for solutions and examples of how to build affordable and sustainable homes.

We believe that engagement with the local community is key to the success of the project and we would like to welcome you to an event at the hub to choose the team of architects who will be designing the homes.

Appointing the design team is the first step in the process of building homes in the community, so we are inviting everyone to come along to get involved, or simply to enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee a piece of cake and see what is going on at Hillfields Community Hub.”

Leah, project director Jan Ross and a number trustees will be there to talk through the plans and answer any questions residents have.

There will be a live exhibition showcasing the three architects shortlisted to design the homes: Crier & Coe, Askew Cavanna and White Design. Each will have a stall to display their ideas.

Leah said: “We are all keen to ensure that whatever houses are designed and built will meet the wishes and needs of the future residents and fit with the neighbourhood long into the future.

Everyone will have the opportunity to speak to each of the architect teams and then be invited to vote on which architect they would like appointed to design the new housing.”

Hillfields Councillors and HF&CT trustees Craig Cheney and Anna Keen added: “We are thrilled to support this work and to see the project grow from the community. This piece of work will be created by and for Hillfields, so please join us and share your ideas on the fifth.”

The project team will cook a free lunch for anyone who comes along on the day: it will be served from 1-2pm.

Free childcare will also be offered, if arranged in advance, to enable the event to be accessible to all.

Afterwards, each of the architects will be interviewed by a panel of local residents and members of the project team while residents’ votes are counted and a final decision on the designer will be made.

The results of the vote will be posted on the Hillfields Family & Community Trust website.

The choice of architect will not be the last chance residents get to have their say - other community events will be held later in the year.

Anyone with questions about the event or project should email Leah or Jan at local.homes@hillfields.community.