Homes England funding to support provision of new housing in Lockleaze: BCC Logo

25 Oct 2019

Housing and Planning Adult Social Care

Homes England funding to support provision of new housing in Lockleaze

More than £500,000 of funding from Homes England has been awarded to Bristol City Council to help develop 50 much needed new homes in north Bristol.

The Blake site in Lockleaze is being developed to help older people with care and support needs live active and independent lives.

The Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) grant will prepare the Blake site for the construction of modern new housing, of which at least 30 percent will be affordable.

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Making sure everyone has access to affordable housing in Bristol remains one of our top priorities however this scheme has added benefits of helping older people live more active and independent lives.

“The funding from Homes England will help us get building more quickly, and our plans for the site prioritise the use of more sustainable, modern hybrid building methods. This will reduce time on site and minimise the impact on the local community, whilst delivering high quality homes.”

The council aims to provide housing in support of the Better Lives Programme, where older individuals with a range of individual needs will live alongside young people in an intergenerational setting.

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We know that people who stay as independent as they can, within communities that they are familiar with where possible, have a much better quality of life and an improved sense of wellbeing.

“This development in the heart of Lockleaze will help people to maintain their independence and live alongside neighbours, whilst getting access to 24/7 care and support, with community facilities. We hope that this exciting new intergenerational community setting will help to reduce individual needs for long term care and minimise social isolation. It’s a model we would like to see in many other communities across the city.”

To keep up to date with the developments, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/newcouncilhomes