A new concept in city living. An exciting part of the regeneration plan, it will bring new life back into the city centre, with 1000 homes being built, a third of them classed as ‘affordable,’ thus giving young families a chance to own their homes. Sustainability and the environment will play a key role in the design of these new town houses.

ESG will be announcing the chosen partner to lead the building of Blackfriars Urban Village in September. The new link road planned to run from Edgar Street through to the rail station junction with the Worcester road opens up a large area of land for the development, from the northern end of Merton Meadow car park across Widemarsh Street and through to Station Approach. The canal basin of the old Gloucester to Hereford Canal will be recreated as a major water- feature, surrounded by new homes. Cycle and walk ways will give easy access to the city centre, The Courtyard arts centre and the Railway Station.

The introduction of sustainable drainage systems and storage of rainwater, combined heat and power systems and service facilities allowing for future technological changes are all being examined as part of the plan to bring 21 st Century Living styles to the centre of Hereford. Flooding in the Merton Meadow and Widemarsh Road areas will be eliminated by channelling flood water on the Yazor Brook direct to the River Wye upstream of the city.

Building of the first phase of houses is due to start in 2011-2012.

Aerial photo showing the approximate boundary of the Blackfriars Urban Village

One of the current buildings in the area

New housing development