Local lettings plan sees 45% of new homes go to local people

April 09 2018
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There has been a flurry of activity on Morris Road recently, where a new development of 49 homes is about to break ground this summer on the former allotment site behind Shaldon Road. In eighteen months time, once the main building works are complete,

There has been a flurry of activity on Morris Road recently, where a new development of 49 homes is about to break ground this summer on the former allotment site behind Shaldon Road. In eighteen months time, once the main building works are complete, 49 families will be putting the finishing touches to their homes in this exciting new development. Bristol Community Land Trust and housing association United Communities are working in partnership to build homes for 208 people, including individuals, young couples, and 

27 of the homes will be shared ownership and 22 will be social rented. 45% of new residents will be from the Lockleaze area and all from Bristol. United Communities agreed a local lettings plan with Bristol City Council for all of the rented units ensuring all 22 social rented homes are matched to Lockleaze residents using the Bristol Home Choice 

‘Less than 2000 properties become available each year and over 8,500 households are registered on HomeChoice Bristol’ (taken from the Bristol Home Choice website). This scheme is making a significant contribution to providing much needed homes for those in our city in housing 

Acceptance response from one family offered a home:

“We are absolutely over the moon to have been matched with a three bedroom house in the scheme at Shaldon Road! Thank You!”

A team of architects, engineers and other specialists have worked with BCLT volunteers, new residents and United Communities staff to develop an attractive scheme of houses and flats surrounding communal gardens with play space for children. A new pedestrian and cycle route from Morris Road to Muller Road will run through the site.

The site has long been allocated for housing by Bristol City Council. The old allotment entrance lane near the traffic lights on Muller Road doesn’t provide a good enough route into the site for a modern housing scheme. The problem of how best to develop a new entrance has prevented other developers from building on the site. BCLT and United Communities are determined to find a solution to this problem so that these much needed homes can be built.

In early summer last year, the design, by prize-winning architects Architype, was submitted for planning permission and last September the council’s planning committee approved the proposals unanimously. However, responses to the planning application showed that a number of local people were worried about the impact that construction operations might have on the neighbourhood while the scheme was being constructed, so a plan has been developed to create new off-road parking bays along Morris Road to reduce the risk of parked cars narrowing the carriageway. This will be funded by and the works carried out as part of the Shaldon Road development. This work will also start this summer.

The current activity on the site is preliminary work to clear the site of rubbish, remove the trees and protect those that will stay. Other similar work will be happening through the spring before the main contractors get going in the summer. There may be minor changes needed to the planning as we look at the access but we will inform all residents of these in due course.

United Communities and the BCLT, will be familiar to many in Lockleaze already. United Communities are well known in the community for their work on Gainsborough Square and have a history of investing in the area. The housing association manage around 600 homes across the Horfield and Lockleaze area. They support many community activities; youth activities, Love Lockleaze festival, local employment services, local businesses and look forward to continuing to support the Lockleaze community.

BCLT successfully built the first community land trust homes in Bristol on Fishponds Road. They officially launch the scheme last year, that provided 12 affordable homes for local families. Rachel French, who lives there with her husband and two children, says the home they now enjoy “…is like heaven. I really enjoy living in a community. The house is really important but what makes it so brilliant is that the community here is part of everything we do. The children really enjoy the freedom.”

The local community will be invited to meet the contractors and new residents later in the year.