Community Workshop – Thursday 2nd August

Our next community workshop will be held on Thursday, 2nd August, from 3pm to 7pm at the Lower Falinge Community Base, 238 Newstead, Lower Falinge.

At our last community workshop in April, we presented proposals for the next phase of new homes at Lower Falinge, as part of RBH’s proposals for the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods.

We received lots of ideas and thoughts on different parts of the proposals and we have used that to finalise the detail ready to submit a planning application.

This workshop will be an opportunity for you to have a look at the latest plans and to see what we will be submitting for the planning application.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the workshop, information will also be uploaded to this website and to our Facebook page.

Lower Falinge Demolition Notices update – 23rd July 2018

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.

Moving forward with the residents’ deal: the independent recommendations

In February, we introduced our independent advisor Helen Nicol, who we asked to work with residents in College Bank and Lower Falinge to develop our Residents’ Deal.

The Residents’ Deal is important as it sets out what RBH will promise to do for everyone in the local community before, during, and after, any improvements in the neighbourhood, as well as what residents promise to do.

Between February and May 2018, Helen held conversations at meetings and community events, and facilitated a resident working group to help gather the views of the wider community.

Helen has now completed her independent report, and has made a number of recommendations following the feedback she has received from residents. We’re publishing the report and recommendations, and we’re excited to work with residents to move forward with these recommendations.

Click here to download the report and recommendations.

If you are interested in working with us to make progress with these recommendations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch either with Helen ( or 07980 395 866) or with our town centre team.