Work begins to convert former Broomhill Elderly Persons Home site in to council homes

Work has begun to turn the former Broomhill Elderly Persons Home (EPH) in to council homes.
The houses will be part of the council’s New Build Housing Programme which began in 2014, regenerating brownfield sites, to provide new high quality homes across the city. The council has completed 81 new homes to date since the start of this programme.
The Broomhill development will provide 13 homes, with a mix of two bed and one bed properties, as smaller properties are in demand in this part of the city.
Work on the site was delayed due to problems removing guardians from the former EPH, but the old building was demolished in December last year and work has now started on building the new houses. The properties should be ready for people to move in in February 2019.
The Mayor of Bristol has set out the commitment of building 2,000 new homes – 800 affordable – a year by 2020.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We are working extremely hard to address the lack of adequate housing in the city, and making sure everyone has a roof over their head remains one of my top priorities.
“The only way we will tackle the issue of homelessness in the city is by making sure there is enough affordable housing for everyone that needs it. We are investing a significant amount of money in housing delivery, and it is great to see us starting on site.
“We also want to make sure that we are building communities where people can feel they belong and develop relationships with their neighbours.
“Council housing has a vital role to play alongside the larger developments that are currently starting to take shape across the city.”
As part of the new build programme three sites are under construction at present, which will provide a further 32 new homes. Work is due to get underway on a fourth site in early May for a further 32 council homes.
All of the sites that form part of Bristol City Council’s new build housing scheme make use of land owned by the Housing Department, with a particular focus on derelict, brownfield sites that can be brought back into use such as former garages and council depots.
Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: "This is a great example of making the best use of land we already own to accelerate house building across the city.
“Council housing will play a small, but vitally important role in helping us reach our house building targets. Alongside this we are working with a range of partners and community groups to build mixed communities and developments of all different sizes.”  
The council has also received planning consent for its biggest development at Alderman Moores in Ashton Vale, which will see 133 new homes built, 40% of which will be Council homes. This will see the council building houses for sale on the private market for the first time.
Construction work is due to start in the Autumn.
In addition to this current work, the delivery team are also about to start work on Phase 4 of the programme, which will see a further six sites brought forward, ready for construction during 2019/20 to allow the rolling programme to continue and support the Mayor’s commitment to housing.
To keep up to date with the developments visit www.bristol.gov.uk/newcouncilhomes

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