Bristol City Council has given the go ahead for work to start on a new housing development that will include the council building houses for sale on the private market for the first time.
Planning permission for the Alderman Moores site in Ashton Vale was given in May 2018 and Cabinet have now approved the funding arrangements and contract which allow work to start on site.
The site will be a mixed development providing 133 new homes. The development will deliver 40% affordable homes for the city, all of which will be social rented council homes.
The remainder of the new homes constructed will be sold, with the proceeds reinvested to support the funding of the construction of new council homes.
The council’s Housing Delivery Team will be developing the site, which will be known as Ashton Rise, in partnership with Wilmott Dixon.
This will be the first time the council has built houses for sale on the private market. These new homes will form part of the council’s plans to increase the supply of new homes in the city, and in particular to help address the need for additional affordable homes.
A Local Lettings Policy is set to be established to support the site, which would see a percentage of the houses allocated to people already living in the area.
The Mayor has set out the commitment of building 2,000 new homes – 800 affordable – a year by 2020. As part of this commitment, the council is not just looking at numbers, but also at the quality of housing and communities created.
He said: “We recognise that to achieve our targets, we have to do things differently, and we are hoping this can pave the way for our new housing company to deliver more housing for the whole city.
“We cannot achieve these ambitious goals on our own, and that is why we are working with a range of partners and organisations to make a real difference to the city.
“Building homes remains a top priority for us. We are not just building houses, we are trying to build quality homes and create communities where people can thrive.”
Work could now begin on site in October.
John Boughton Deputy MD of Willmott Dixon Wales and West, added: “This is a defining moment for the city of Bristol and the Council’s housebuilding programme. Considerable care and attention has been given to ensuring that the proposals for Ashton Rise will facilitate the creation of a thriving new community, enhancing the local landscape and providing quality new homes, designed to suit the needs of local residents.
“There’s a lot of excitement about this particular development, and we look forward to delivering this fantastic scheme over the coming months.”
This project is Phase 3 of the council’s New Build Housing Programme, which supports the ambition of the Mayor and the council to increase the supply of new homes in the city.
Houses built as part of the new build housing scheme are built on a ‘fabric first’ basis which will result in extremely energy efficient properties which will see household utility bills dramatically reduced.
In addition, all of the sites that form part of the scheme make use of land owned by the local authority, with a particular focus on derelict, brownfield sites that can be brought back into use such as former garages and council depots and other council buildings.
The council has completed 81 new council homes to date since the start of this programme in 2014, with a further 64 council homes over four sites currently under construction.
The delivery team are also about to start work on Phase 4 of the programme, which will see a further eleven sites brought forward, ready for construction between 2019-21 to allow the rolling programme to continue.
To keep up to date with the developments visit www.bristol.gov.uk/newcouncilhomes