In summer 2017, RBH set out proposals for the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods which identified some homes which would be affected by demolition. We promised the community that any RBH tenant who needed to move would have at least a year’s notice of this.
In early April 2018, we explained that one of the next steps in taking forward these proposals would be to issue a legal notice called an Initial Demolition Notice to homes expected to be affected by demolition in the next seven years. As we explained in April, this does not mean that demolition is about to start. It lets residents know, formally, that their home could be demolished within the next seven years as part of the proposals.
On Thursday 5th April, we knocked on the doors of all affected residents to let them know about this face-to-face, provide a copy of our information sheet about the notices and what they mean, answer questions and provide support before any formal legal notice is issued.
We can now confirm that today (Monday 23rd July) we have issued Initial Demolition Notices to residents in 16 blocks in Lower Falinge. Along with the formal notice, we have included an explanatory covering letter, and an information sheet with further explanation, together with details of how to get in touch with RBH for support or advice.
We will continue to support residents affected by the proposals, including providing support for rehousing, and we continue to work on the detail of the proposals. We will be submitting a planning application for the next phase of development at Lower Falinge in the near future.