I regularly get queries about what's going to happen to the site near the end of Garston Old Road (the old municipal waste transfer station). There was a planning application in some time ago for some sheltered/extra care housing but its out of time now.
Anyway, this morning I had a chat with the owner of the site, who wants to develop it, and his architect and Cllr Richard Oglethorpe. Richard and I had been pressing for this meet up for a while as the lack of news for local people was causing anxiety. The idea is to put in another planning application for sheltered/extra care housing but one which can be built in stages. I am not sure how quickly this will happen but I get a strong feeling that this application will be in sooner rather than later.
Nobody likes seeing this site unused and becoming a potential or actual problem for the area and Richard and I certainly want to see something there that benefits our area. As soon as we have details of an application going in, we'll let people know about it and will publish the link so that everyone can see what's being suggested.
We also discussed ways of acknowledging or celebrating the particular history of the remaining building and the site (not the waste history the other stuff).
There've been quite a few complaints about the state of the site or use of the site while it's been empty and it has been cleared up over the last week or so which hopefully will make it slighly easier on the eye for people living in Garston Old Road and Ivy Avenue.
Anyway, as I said, once we have more news we will post again.