A £100m scheme has been unveiled to do up part of Coventry.
The company behind Fargo Village, Complex Development Projects (CDP), has come up with the plans to build 700 homes on land off Abbotts Lane.
They're also looking to open up Radford Brook to turn it into a park.
Ian Harrabin, of CDP – which has offices in Coventry and London – said the development would not only provide much-needed housing for Coventry residents, but would also expand the benefits of the city centre out to the surrounding community.
He said: “This is a very large site and provides an opportunity to develop a new district outside the collar of the ring road. Coventry city centre is really on the up but the ring road remains a barrier for local community access.
“Most other major city centres in the UK have seen a renaissance led by new urban communities which have revitalised shops and restaurants and brought in more offices.
“That is the next step for Coventry, where new housing developments for people who can walk to work will balance the recent surge of new student developments. The continued improvements by the Council to the public realm along with the new swimming pool complex and retail regeneration are making the city centre a much more attractive place to live.
“The former industrial site is currently derelict, but perfect for an environmentally sustainable development which cuts down on car use.
“The Radford Brook runs through the site in a culvert but can be easily opened up as a landscape feature. The brook could be a direct green link connecting Belgrade Plaza to Naul’s Mill Park, Bablake School and the Coundon and Radford communities.”
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration said:
“This is the largest site that we have designated for housing close to the city centre and the Council welcomes proposals to bring forward a high quality project. The city needs many more housing units and I’m also very interested in the wider community benefits of a linear park improving access to the city centre for local residents. We look forward to working in partnership to get the project delivered.”