16 Oct 2018

Housing and Planning

Mayor revisits manifesto pledges

Bristol is set to surpass its target of building 2,000 new homes per year by 2020 by responding to the national housing crisis with action and large scale delivery.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, stated his housing ambition during his 2016 election campaign and is projecting to smash that target.

Releasing the figures ahead his annual State of the City address tomorrow (Wednesday), the mayor confirmed that by 2020, 2469 new homes, with 916 being affordable, are expected to be completed.

Mayor Rees said, “Huge work has been undertaken to get the council and partners ready and aligned for delivery. Bristol was very much seen as a city that didn’t get things done, but now this isn’t the case. Good housing is key if everyone is to share in Bristol’s success.”

Bristol’s pioneering action to tackle its housing shortages includes setting up a housing company that will launch later this month and accelerate housing delivery. Not only will it give the council greater control over where and what homes are built, profits will be re-invested in affordable and social housing.

During his State of the City address, Mayor Rees will also recount his other manifesto pledges updating on progress to date.

He said, “We cannot underestimate how different the council looks today to how we inherited it two years ago. It’s been our aim to work with the city not against it so we have built strong partnerships and jointly shaped a one city vision for 2050.”

State of the City address

Wednesday 17 October 2018

18:30-19:45

Wills Memorial Building