Design proposals for Avondale Drive Estate Consultation

Information about the initial design proposals for Avondale Drive Estate and how these continue to be shaped by residents.

The council has appointed Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects to work with residents to develop proposals for how a new estate might look.

The architects have worked closely with the Resident Steering Group (RSG) since November 2020, developing ideas for the estate layout and the new homes.

A design consultation booklet was delivered to all homes on the estate in December 2020. This document presented some initial thoughts about how a new estate might look and be designed to resolve some of the key issues residents face.

Feedback from this consultation informed design development and led to more detailed proposals being presented to residents through online meetings and drop-in sessions, and more recently following changes in government restrictions, in person consultation on the estate.

The architects have continued to work on the design proposals following this initial feedback and have regularly met with and presented to the RSG.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback and ideas.


Consultation materials

Further consultation with residents and the wider community took place in summer and autumn 2021, with the aim of submitting a planning application in autumn 2021.

View the consultation materials via the below links:


    Proposed designs

    The currently proposed designs for the estate include:

    • more than 220 new 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and maisonettes
    • the new homes will be a mixture of replacement social rented homes, additional council homes, shared equity homes, shared ownership homes and homes for sale.
    • a range of building heights, mostly between 5 and 7 storeys, but also a 10 storey building overlooking the park
    • lift access to all homes
    • resident only courtyard gardens
    • secure resident only car parking below the courtyard plus well-designed on-street parking and electric charging points for cars
    • secure resident only cycle, bin and recycling storerooms
    • a new play area for children designed with residents

    The new homes will:

    • be well designed, energy efficient, built to modern standards and meet or exceed space standards
    • be safe, with fire safety and security as a priority
    • have good sized, well-proportioned rooms and generous built-in storage
    • have a generous private outdoor space; a balcony or terrace
    • have modern kitchens and bathrooms
    • be well insulated so it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer
    • achieve good sound insulation
    • have good ventilation so there is no damp or condensation
    • have 2 toilets if you have three or more bedrooms
    • be adapted to meet the accessibility needs of residents, if required
    • meet 'Secured by Design' standard
    • be a mix of apartments and maisonettes, all with their own private outdoor space
    Page last updated: 19 Oct 2021