Friday, August 04, 2006

Woolston Riverside - a Sink Estate of the Future?

This week Southampton City Council approved the planning application submitted by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) for the comprehensive regeneration and development of the Woolston Riverside site.

It includes some 1,510 new homes.

The Daily Echo reported this the other night in a very favourable light I thought. However I wonder whether people will look back and regret the decision taken.

Rather than building family houses, all 1,510 homes will be flats, packed in as much as possible. People are already moving out of the City because of the shortage of family housing. Our school roll numbers are dropping and increasing people with children are, not only sending their children to schools outside the City, they are moving out of Southampton. This has led to the current situation where the Council is planning to close schools on the east and west of the City.

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