Riverside Place options

The options

Option 1: Refurbish

This option means the Council would retain the existing multi-storey blocks and refurbish them. To do this, tenants would need to be decanted from their homes into temporary accommodation for at least 12 months in order to carry out the identified essential and advisable works.

The refurbishment work would be carried out within the existing design features in each of the blocks. For example, there is no scope to change the existing internal layout of flats or to provide a second stairway within the block.

Option 2: Rehouse

This option means the Council would work to permanently rehouse tenants from Riverside Place in suitable alternative accommodation that meets their individual needs. We would then demolish the existing multi-storey blocks.

The suitable alternative accommodation would be discussed and agreed with tenants. This would be either Council or Registered Social Landlord (Housing Association) existing housing stock or new-build housing provision on alternative sites.

Option 3: Rebuild

This option means the Council agrees to demolish the existing multi-storey blocks and build a new housing development on the Riverside Place site. To do this, tenants would need to be decanted from their flats into temporary accommodation for at least three years while the existing blocks are demolished and the new homes are built.

Any new development would have a reduced number of properties, so this option would be unable to accommodate all existing tenants within Riverside Place.