Goram Homes to take on Hengrove Park, South Bristol’s flagship housing development

Goram Homes to take on Hengrove Park, South Bristol’s flagship housing development

Hengrove Park development will provide 1400 new homes – at least half of which will be affordable housing

31 January 2022

Goram Homes’ delivery of Hengrove park to “supercharge the council’s delivery of affordable housing across Bristol”.

Development to include community facilities and infrastructure to support an inclusive community.

Goram Homes, Bristol City Council’s housing company, will deliver the new housing project at Hengrove Park in the south of the city, as part of the council’s new commitment to building 1000 affordable homes a year by 2024.

The major development will see over 1,400 new homes built in the south of the city. Adding the scheme to the Goram Homes pipeline of sites across the city will enable around half of the proposed homes to affordable housing in a major signal of intent from the council to boost its housing stock. The affordable homes will be delivered as new council homes, which will include a mix of Social Rent and Shared Ownership.  The remainder of the homes will be for market sale.

Goram Homes will facilitate the use of innovative approaches, including Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), so that the homes can be delivered more quickly and to high environmental standards.

In December, the council halted a procurement exercise to find a development partner for the scheme. This change of approach was taken to maximise the number of affordable homes, allow a greater proportion of the homes to be built using innovative, low carbon MMC, and help to transform Hengrove Park into a high-quality, sustainable neighbourhood and public park.

The announcement comes a week before the council’s new Affordable Housing Delivery Plan, ‘Project 1000’, goes before Cabinet. This plan outlines how the council will focus its land, time, money, and influence to meet its bold new ambition to build 1000 new affordable homes a year by 2024. 
This will include working more closely with registered and other affordable housing providers and disposing of land to third parties like community-led housing groups. The council will also further explore the use of innovative, low-carbon Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

Increasing Goram Homes’ pipeline will play a major role in helping the council meeting its ambitions, by giving the council greater control over how its land is used and the type of homes built on it.

Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Lead for Housing Delivery and Homes, said: “Adding Hengrove Park to the Goram Homes pipeline is a clear signal of our intent to supercharge the delivery of affordable housing across Bristol. We’re committed to delivering 1,000 new affordable homes each year by 2024 to help meet the need for high-quality, sustainable new homes in the city. By working closely with Goram Homes, we can make sure that council land is best used to create value for Bristol’s citizens, helps to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies, and addresses inequalities in access to affordable housing.”

Stephen Baker, Managing Director, Goram Homes, said: “Hengrove Park is a fantastic opportunity for Goram Homes to build a highly sustainable, inclusive development which includes affordable homes in the numbers that our city needs. If our Business Plan and development pipeline is approved by Cabinet, we’ll work with council officers and the community to get started as soon as possible.”

The Goram Homes Business Plan, including the proposals for Hengrove Park, will go to Bristol City Council’s Cabinet for approval in March.

The council does not expect to need to resubmit a planning application for the site. Outline planning consent was granted in early 2020. 

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