What is ‘decommissioning’?
Decommissioning is when the council decides to redevelop a property which means the tenants and leaseholders would be required to move out. The decommissioning of Townhill Park is required so the council can redevelop new housing as part of the regeneration of the estate.
Decommissioning programme (updated July 2023)
|Plot Number||Addresses||Estimated start date||Estimated completion date|
|9||Rowlands Walk (Odd numbers 1 – 131)||Complete|
|5 (Phase 1)||Benhams Road (Even numbers 2 – 32)||Complete|
|Benhams Road (Numbers 34 – 64)||Complete|
|Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 166 – 186)||Complete|
|5 (Phase 2)||Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 144 – 164)||In progress||Summer 2023|
|Hallet Close (Odd numbers 1 – 21)||In progress||Summer 2023|
|6||Meggeson Avenue (Odd numbers 107 – 125) including row of shops||In review||In review|
|7||Kingsdown Way (Odd numbers 1 – 21)||To be confirmed (final sequencing of blocks pending)||To be confirmed|
|Kingsdown Way (Odd numbers 23 – 43)|
|Kingsdown Way (Odd numbers 45 – 65)|
|Kingsdown Way (Odd numbers 67 – 87)|
|13||Meggeson Avenue (Odd numbers 289 – 309)||In review||In review|
|Meggeson Avenue (Odd numbers 311 – 331)|
|12||Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 254 – 274)||In review||In review|
|Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 276 – 296)|
|Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 298 – 318)|
The decommissioning timetable will continue to be reviewed and updated as required.
In 2017, Southampton City Council consulted on a revised decommissioning timetable changing the phases and giving details of the timescales of the different plots. The suggested changes were largely driven by issues with the condition of properties and likely expensive repairs. These changes formed part of a bigger city-wide consultation on the decommissioning and regeneration acquisition policies. The revised timetable was approved by Cabinet in November 2017.
When we consulted on the decommissioning timetable, we said that the order may be reviewed as time goes on. It could be adjusted to make sure we deliver the most efficient decommissioning and building programme. We also said that we would keep local stakeholders informed and involved in this. Following discussions with residents of Townhill Park and a review of the decommissioning timetable, there were changes proposed. There are a lot of factors to consider before making changes to the timetable, including the condition of different properties, the funding available, and what the community thinks.
From 5 October to 31 December 2020, the council consulted on the proposed changes to the decommissioning timetable. The results of the consultation were analysed and considered with the majority of responses in support of each of the changes. The revised timetable was approved in July 2021.
Further details of the public consultation and changes to the decommissioning timetable can be found within the Townhill Park decommissioning consultation presentation.