New Deal for Communities (NDC) was a community led, area-based programme in the Government’s strategy to tackle multiple deprivation, in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country. The Coventry NDC Partnership was a community-led programme, working with targeted neighbourhoods in North East Coventry (WEHM).
A developer consortium of Bovis Homes, Keepmoat and Westbury Partnerships (BKW) was selected to invest in the regeneration of the area, working in partnership with Coventry City Council and WHG.
Pegasus Group represented BKW in preparing an outline planning application for up to 3,328 new homes, with some 2,444 properties to be demolished. There was a significant amount community consultation in the lead up to submission and Pegasus Group worked closely with BKW to organise workshops and exhibitions within the WEHM area. A key part of the proposals was to develop on existing under-used green spaces with enhancement of the remaining open spaces. We prepared a detailed Green Infrastructure Strategy which was key to achieving the outline consent.
The regeneration has taken place in parts although economic circumstances have meant more properties have been refurbished. Pegasus Group has been involved in the production of a revised strategy for the final phase of redevelopment and continue to be involved on behalf of Keepmoat, obtaining detailed planning approval for the remaining areas identified for regeneration.
The Housing Minister’s speech at the Design Quality Conference 2018 in April commended the scheme“…raising the bar on design can help tackle wider issues and indeed it can help tackle wider social issues too. The regeneration of Coventry’s Spirit Quarter (aka WEHM Coventry) saw crime in the area going down, and at the same time the percentage of students leaving school with five or more GCSE grades A* to C go up”.