Bristol City Council to sell houses on the open market for the first time: Bristol City Council to sell houses on the open market for the first time

23 Jun 2017

Housing and Planning

Bristol City Council to sell houses on the open market for the first time

A new housing development planned for South Bristol will see Bristol City Council building houses for sale on the private market for the first time, subject to planning permission.

The proposals for the Alderman Moores site in Ashton Vale would see a mixed development of around 130 new homes.

The site would deliver 40% affordable homes for the city, which would all be social rented council homes.

The remainder of the new homes constructed would be sold, with the proceeds reinvested to support the funding of the construction of new council homes.

This would be the first time the council has built houses for sale on the private market, and if successful it is hoped it could be the model for the new council housing Delivery Company.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, has made housing and the development of more affordable homes, one of his key priorities.

He said: “The shortage of adequate housing is one of the biggest challenges facing the city and one that we are working very hard to address.   

“This is the first time we have used this model of building homes for sale on the open market, and we are hoping this can pave the way for our new housing company to deliver more housing for the whole city.

“We are not just building houses, we are trying to build mixed, balanced communities where people feel they belong.

“We are seeking to dramatically increase the number of new homes which are affordable to rent for people in Bristol. Over the next couple of months we should see around 50 council homes become available.”

Bristol City Council’s Housing Services currently has Cabinet approval for Phases 1 and 2 of a council new build programme for the construction of new council homes. Phases 1 and 2 are scheduled to complete during 2018/19, and will see around 140 new council homes delivered. The Alderman Moores site will be part of the next phase of this programme

These new homes 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.

Cabinet approval was given at the end of last year to progress with the development of the Alderman Moores site in partnership with Wilmott Dixon Homes.

Charlie Scherer, chief operating officer at Willmott Dixon’s housing specialist, Willmott Partnership Homes, said: “We have a proud history working in Bristol, including building the new entrance for Colston Hall, so are delighted to be appointed by Bristol City Council to create new housing across the city.

“Our complimentary skill-sets will see the council lead on identifying sites and gaining planning permission, while we will add our construction, sales and marketing skills to deliver the new homes."

Public consultation with the community will begin soon. This will allow local residents to contribute to, and help shape, the proposed designs.

The aim is to obtain planning consent for the development by the end of the year, with a hope of starting construction works on site in Spring 2018 and completing the scheme in 2020. 

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Left to Right: Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Roger Coffin, vice chair of allotments association, Steven Barrett, service manager for housing development, Phil Lawrence, Senior Associate at Stone King LLP, Simon Liversage, operations director Wilmott Partnership Homes, Chris Wheeler, WPH senior project surveyor, and Phil Cass, allotments site manager.