The Chief Executive of Sentinel Housing, Martin Nurse, welcomed Sir George Young to Bishop's Green, to mark the completion of the regeneration project.
"Some ten years ago, Sentinel started to regenerate the housing stock at Bishop's Green. Originally, this was part of the accommodation for airmen at Greenham Common, but it was subsequently taken over by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. They transferred it to Sentinel, who have completely regenerated the estate. Previously, the houses were small and cramped,in poor condition, and the estate looked run down. Unsurprisingly, many people living there wanted to move away. Sentinel have transformed it by demolishing the old housing, providing new housing stock, partly social rented, partly shared ownership, and partly outright sale. The estate has been well landscaped, a new village hall and recreation area has been provided, and a new community spirit has been fostered."
Before walking around the estate, Sir George visited The Warren Preschool in the village hall, and met Ellie and Lucy.
Martin Nurse is shortly to retire as Chief Executive, and also at the visit was Mark Perry, the new Chief Executive, Cllr Rob Golding, the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regeneration, and Andrew Aldridge, the Business Development Manager of Hill Partnerships, who have been selling the private housing.
The 95 properties which were built in the late 1960s were replaced with 66 social rented units, 14 home-buy units and 68 units for private sale. The total scheme cost was some £14 million.