About the Winstanley and York Road masterplan

A masterplan for the two estates sets out the vision for the long-term improvement project.


A specialist masterplanning team which included property consultants GVA and architects Levitt Bernstein was appointed in the summer of 2013.  

Following an extensive period of consultation, four options for improvement were presented to the local community. They ranged from refurbishment and environmental works, to a more comprehensive redevelopment of parts of the estates involving large areas of demolition. The consultation encouraged residents to view and provide formal comments on the option they preferred for the area.   

The majority of local residents supported options which involved a greater level of change, including replacing some existing housing blocks with modern housing built around a traditional street layout, providing more doors onto the street, smaller numbers of homes accessed from each door and legible overlooked routes through the area.

Preferred option

Based on the feedback provided at the options consultation in October and November 2013, a preferred option was developed and presented to the local community in February 2014. Find out more by viewing the preferred option exhibition boards. This outline development proposal combined the most popular elements from the four different options as well as new ideas put forward by estate residents and stakeholders. The preferred option was endorsed by our executive committee in March 2014.

During 2014, assisted by the masterplanning experts, we continued to develop the preferred option and presented the updates over a three-day exhibition. Find out more by viewing the boards from the November 2014 update exhibition.  

The preferred option has been developed further since that time. Find out more by viewing the boards from the 27 June 2015 open day exhibition.

Current proposals

An overview of the latest proposals has been set out below.

Key numbers:

  • 720 council homes are due to be demolished including 530 social rent, 181 leasehold units and 9 freehold units and owned properties
  • The planning application will see the construction of a total of 2,689 new and replacement units.
  • 530 new social rent homes will be built in the regeneration area
  • Approximately 110 additional council homes for social renting will be built on nearby sites to assist with decant for the first phase of the development
  • 86 shared equity replacement homes will be built for existing resident homeowners who wish to remain in the area
  • 1,751 will be private units and 308 are intermediate units.

Key features:

  • New homes will be provided within modern housing, built around the newly designed park and providing safer, legible and overlooked routes through the area
  • A new leisure centre will be built together with an improved library and community centre and facilities for young children
  • Open spaces and improved public realm will be integrated with the new housing
  • There will be new commercial units and cafes
  • Local education and health services will be reviewed to ensure they can meet future demand as the area grows

Which blocks are being replaced?

The following residential blocks are due to be replaced:

  1. Pennethorne House
  2. Lavender Road
  3. Chesterton House
  4. Holcroft House
  5. Scholey House
  6. Arthur Newton House
  7. Ganley Court
  8. Shepard House
  9. Gagarin House
  10. Farrant House
  11. Jackson House
  12. Kiloh Court
  13. Baker House

The map below shows the existing buildings on site and the residential blocks proposed for replacement: