George Ferguson announces plans to build 2,500 affordable homes
The Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson has launched the city’s new housing delivery framework
Under the initiative council-owned sites will be released for redevelopment with the aim of building 2,500 new affordable homes in Bristol by April 2018.
Through the framework the council will enter into partnership with providers and housing associations to develop the sites for homes - and for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
At the announcement earlier today (9 December), the 66-year-old architect along with Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams revealed the first ten sites for development would be in Southmead, Filwood, Kingsweston, Hartcliffe, Hengrove, Filwood, Whitchurch, Hengrove, Lockleaze & Hengrove.
The Mayor and former RIBA president said: ‘This framework is a major milestone in the history of housebuilding in Bristol and will make a significant contribution towards meeting the need for more affordable homes and helping to grow the local economy.
‘With construction at a halt on sites across the city and public subsidy very scarce, it is vital that the local authority finds a way to break the deadlock and get the city building more homes again. This bold new initiative will enable us to do just that.
‘Although The Homes Commission that I set up to support the new housing programme is still to report back its additional recommendations, I want to press on with building the affordable new homes that can be delivered through this framework.
‘This step change for affordable homes that the city so urgently needs, is a key element of the vision I outlined in my ambitions for the city when I took up office.’
|Corporate land investor sites||Area||Size (Ha)||Estimated number of homes (affordable)|
|Dunmail School||Southmead||2.73||140 homes (42)|
|Florence Brown School||Filwood||1.7||85 homes (25)|
|Lawrence Weston College||Kingsweston||2.4||80 homes (24)|
|Fulford School||Hartcliffe||0.8||45 homes (13)|
|Hengrove Ph1||Hengrove||3.5||200 homes (60)|
|Land at Salcombe Road||Filwood||0.7||30 homes (9)|
|Hartcliffe School/Campus||Whitchurch||8.5||350 homes (105)|
|Hengrove Ph 2||Hengrove||2.5||200 homes (60)|
|Lockleaze School||Lockleaze||5||250 homes (75)|
|New Fosseway||Hengrove||3.47||175 homes (52)|