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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 sitesAreaSize (Ha)Estimated number of homes (affordable)
    
Dunmail SchoolSouthmead2.73140 homes (42)
Florence Brown SchoolFilwood1.785 homes   (25)
Lawrence Weston CollegeKingsweston2.480 homes   (24)
Fulford SchoolHartcliffe0.845 homes (13)
Hengrove Ph1Hengrove3.5200 homes (60)
Land at Salcombe RoadFilwood0.730 homes (9)
Hartcliffe School/CampusWhitchurch 8.5350 homes (105)
Hengrove Ph 2 Hengrove2.5200 homes (60)
Lockleaze School Lockleaze5250 homes  (75)
New FossewayHengrove3.47175 homes (52)

Readers' comments (1)

  • It would be good to know what plans there are to counter the increase in traffic congestion and whether off street parking is included in the development of these additional households in these areas. Even lower income families tend to have a car.

    These plans for Hengrove will negate some of the limited gains from the new South Bristol Link.

    Mr Ferguson seems keen on development of housing and visitor attractions, but never seems to speak of the traffic congestion or very poor public transport system in Bristol.

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