The estate regeneration of Townhill Park will see hundreds of new homes built plus the creation of a new community green space.
Works to implement traffic-calming measures along Meggeson Avenue are now complete including. These improvements, along with the delivery of a new community green space, have been funded through a £3.75M Homes England grant. Find out more about the road improvements to Meggeson Avenue.
Find out more about the individual projects
Townhill Park Plot 1 SHOW
Plot 1 was the first plot to be developed as part of the regeneration of Townhill Park and offers 56 homes comprised of 50 flats and six three-bedroom houses, completed in April 2019.
Townhill Park Plot 2 SHOW
Plot 2 is anticipated to deliver several medium-rise blocks providing around 200 residential one-, two- and three-bedroom flats. With the appointment of Drew Smith in March 2021, design work can commence before a thorough community engagement process is conducted.
Townhill Park Plot 9 and Plot 10 SHOW
The appointment of the contractor for Plot 9 and Plot 10 is currently underway and is due to be announced this spring. Plot 10 has been demolished while Plot 9 continues to be decommissioned and is scheduled to be demolished later this year.
Townhill Green (Plot 8) SHOW
As part of the regeneration of Townhill Park, we are also delivering a new community green space featuring a new children’s play area, outdoor gym, community shelters, planted eco-wall and more.
Working at the heart of the community
Community engagement plays a vital role in ensuring the regeneration of Townhill Park delivers affordable, energy efficient and quality homes for local people who feel at home in their neighbourhood.
We continue to work with SO18 Big Local, a National Lottery-funded community group covering Harefield, Midanbury and Townhill Park. The group runs community activities, offers health and wellbeing support, helps people learn new skills and provides an effective communication channel between the council and local residents.
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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.
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 a few changes that we wanted to propose. 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.
The new decommissioning order SHOW
|Plot Number||Addresses||Estimated start date||Estimated completion date||Est length of decommissioning|
|9||Rowlands Walk (Odd numbers 1 – 131)||Currently being decommissioned||January 2021||21 months|
|5 (Phase 1)||Benhams Road (Even numbers 2 – 32)||February 2021||May 2021||4 months|
|Benhams Road (Numbers 34 – 64)||June 2021||September 2021||4 months|
|Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 166 – 186)||October 2021||January 2022||4 months|
|5 (Phase 2)||Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 144 – 164)||February 2022||April 2022||3 months|
|Hallet Close (Odd numbers 1 – 21)||May 2022||July 2022||3 months|
|6||Meggeson Avenue (Odd numbers 107 – 125)including row of shops||Likely February 2022 but could be before||April 2022||3 months|
|7||Kingsdown Way (Odd numbers 1 -21)||August 2022||May 2023||10 months|
|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)||June 2023||November 2023||6 months|
|Meggeson Avenue (Odd numbers 311 – 331)|
|12||Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 254 – 274)||December 2023||July 2024||8 months|
|Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 276 – 296)|
|Meggeson Avenue (Even numbers 298 – 318)|
Further details of the public consultation and changes to the decommissioning timetable can be found within the Townhill Park decommissioning consultation presentation.
Throughout the consultation survey, there were opportunities for respondents to add additional comments. Within these comments, there were some mention of repair issues in flats. The council’s Housing Management team advise that residents should continue reporting repairs in the usual way. More information on this can be found in the repairs and maintenance section of the Tenants Handbook. The council are still dealing with repair issues in the properties scheduled to be decommissioned.
There were also reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB) within the comments of the public consultation. To address this, Housing Officers will be undertaking ASB surveys in a number of blocks. To report antisocial behaviour, contact your local housing office or use the online reporting form.
Initial Demolition Notice (IDN) at Townhill Park
All council tenants who live within the Townhill Park Regeneration area and are affected by the decommissioning and demolition programme have received a formal Initial Demolition Notice that the council is proposing to demolish their home by 31 December 2025.