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Former caretaker houses being turned into affordable housing

Bristol City Council is working to bring empty school caretaker properties back into use as affordable family housing.

Initially, five former caretaker properties, which have sat empty for a long time, will be refurbished and renovated and brought back into use.

The homes will then become available for those in priority need on the housing waiting list HomeChoice, providing much needed affordable accommodation in the city.

Alongside building 800 new affordable homes per year by 2020, the council is also committed to making the best use of its current stock.

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: “Having houses sat empty is a complete waste when there are so many people in the city without a suitable place to live.

“Five additional properties might not seem like a lot, but every property that we can bring back into use can be used to house a family and give them a chance to rebuild their lives.

“There is a severe lack of housing in the city, and we have to do all we can to reduce the amount of time any of our properties are sitting empty.

“We hope that we can continue to bring more properties like this into use and make the best use of the stock we already have, while we continue to work on hitting our house building targets.”

The properties are located across the city, and work is due to start on the houses in August, with the aim to have them completed and ready for families to move in before Christmas.

Following the renovation of the first five homes, there is a wider aspiration to review the council's Educational Estate and more homes may become available to house families on the housing waiting list.

None of the five homes are within the school grounds and all are accessible from the public highway.