It’s now a year since Fifth Capital were given planning permission for the Carriageworks. At that time we all hoped and expected that they would get on site quickly and by now be making significant progress on building their scheme.
In the event the paperwork for the planning permission (namely the S.106 agreement) wasn’t completed until July. We then hoped that the purchase of the site would be quickly completed, but that still hasn’t happened. Furthermore Fifth Capital have not yet found an end purchaser, despite discussions with a number of Housing Associations, and a contractor isn’t yet confirmed.
Fifth Capital tell us that the reasons for the delays are outside their control, which is probably true, but they are understandably causing frustration in the community. ‘When will it start?’ and ‘Will it ever start?’ are the two big questions.
To discuss this, and get a sense of what people want to happen, we will hold the next community meeting on Wednesday 16 November (venue to be confirmed, time probably 6pm). We will invite Marc Pennick, Director of Fifth Capital, to attend along with the City Council.
In advance of the meeting we would like to have as many questions as possible for Marc Pennick, the Council and anyone else you can think of. We hope that they will come to the meeting with answers but it is only fair (!) to give them a bit of time to come up with answers. If they’re unable to attend we’ll ask that they send answers to your questions in time for the meeting.
Please send us the questions you want answered. Use the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send questions via Facebook and Twitter. We’ll collate all the questions on our website and the answers once we have them.
Prue, Lori and the Liaison Group