Have your say on the future of high-rise buildings in Hull plagued by crime

Future options for three high-rise buildings in West Hull, plagued by antisocial behavior and low demand, are expected to be put to public consultation.

Hull City Council Cabinet advisors are expected to give the green light next week for the consultation to begin.

Options are likely to include the demolition of multi-storey apartments on the Boothferry estate.

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Together, the blocks of Millport Drive, Torpoint Drive and Woolwich Drive off Anlaby Road South comprise a total of 143 apartments.

They have a mix of one and two bedroom properties.

A report for the Hull City Council cabinet meeting next week states: “More generally, high-rise buildings are becoming significantly less popular and the current levels of antisocial behavior associated with Boothferry blocks suggest that these apartments have reached a point. tipping where they are very unlikely to attract a more sedentary population that could make them financially viable without drastic and costly intervention. “

Torpoint Promenade in Hull

The majority of current tenants in the blocks are single men, with a “significant” number coming from foster homes or supported housing.

The report says that a combination of high rent arrears and high levels of anti-social behavior have made renting some apartments nearly impossible in recent years.

He adds: “Overall, these apartment blocks have a vacancy level twice that of multi-story apartments in the city, and despite a restriction for children under 12 in the blocks, there are currently 11 of these children with two more due. .

“The demand for the 66 two-bedroom apartments is very low. Overall, these properties require more offers than average before they are successfully leased.

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When it comes to antisocial behavior issues there, the report says Millport Block “stands out” as having significant issues with nearly one tenant-reported antisocial behavior incident in the past three years.

It also states that there is a “serious problem” with regular fires set off deliberately in the blocks with 17 arson fires reported to MIllport only in the past 12 months.

If a decision is made to demolish them, it is believed that it is possible that at least 150 new homes will be built on the site in a development similar to a recent one on Orchard Park following the demolition of a number of high-rise buildings from the 1960s there.

A view of Woolwich Apartments on Woolwich Drive, off Tilbury Road, west of Hull
A view of the Woolwich Apartments on Woolwich Drive, off Tilbury Road, west of Hull

However, a clause relating to the rental of space on the roofs of apartments for telecom pylons requires the municipality to give 18 months notice to the companies concerned to remove their equipment.

The consultation will also examine the future of three low-rise one-bedroom social apartment buildings in Pearson Park.

Known as the Henson Villas, they occupy a land for rent in the corner of the park.

One of the apartment blocks that make up Henson Villas at Pearson Park
One of the apartment blocks that make up Henson Villas at Pearson Park

Speaking to a review panel, Deputy City Council Warden for Neighborhoods and Housing Nic Harne said the small size of the apartments at Henson Villas along with moisture and mold issues had resulted in a high turnover in recent years, making them unattractive to applicants. tenants.

He said a long-standing female-only rental policy in the villas had also been undermined in recent years, with men moving into some of the apartments under purchase rights agreements.

He added: “This report is for consultation only.

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“It’s not a decision on anything to do with the future of the blocks at this point.”

Tenants and people living near properties in both areas will be asked what should happen next.

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