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New regeneration chapter in Wallis Avenue, Park Wood is taking shape

Monday 10th October 2016

Work has started on a new phase of a £50m regeneration project in Park Wood, with the demolition of the outdated shops and flats in Wallis Avenue.

This final phase will see the development of 56 homes consisting of 38 flats for affordable and market rent, and 16 family homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, along with additional commercial units.

Phases 1 and 2 of the scheme were completed in March this year with the development of 146 new homes, as well as the creation of a new shopping area and community centre. 

Many of the shop traders transferred over from the outdated shopping parade to the new retail units situated within a pedestrianised area across the road with flats above and a landscaped community square.

Owner of the Beauty Closet, Angela Raper was amongst the eight shop traders who moved to the new shops earlier this year. 

She said: “It will be sad to see the old shop go as I had been there for over 15 years and have many happy memories, but I absolutely love my new shop. 

"It is bright and airy and my customers can park directly outside. I have exciting plans for my business and am looking forward to the future.”