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New council homes for Lockleaze, Brentry, Horfield and Lawrence Weston

By bristol247, Monday Jul 6, 2020

Almost 200 new houses could be built on former allotments in Lockleaze as part of ambitious plans from Bristol City Council for new affordable homes.

The site at Bonnington Walk is just one of three sites that the council want to build on in Lockleaze, with the others at Muller Road and Branwhite Close.

It is part of plans to build more than 300 new affordable homes – the majority of which will be council housing.

The city council has submitted planning applications for seven sites in north Bristol as part of the New Build Housing Programme which began in 2014.

If approved, 185 modular homes, half of which will be affordable, would be built at Bonnington Walk by Legal & General Modular Homes.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we are building housing people can afford, to make sure that those who have been financially affected by the pandemic are not further left behind.

“We cannot underestimate the challenge we face to rebuild the city’s economy, but by putting plans in place to keep building, we are taking a huge step in the right direction.

“These developments, if approved, will allow us to continue with our plans to build diverse and well balanced communities. I am particularly pleased to see so many houses proposed for Lockleaze, as we have been working with the local community for some time to drive development in the area.”

Marvin Rees on Gainsborough Square in Lockleaze – photo by Ellie Pipe

As well as homes, the proposed development at Bonnington Walk will see improvements made to adjoining areas of the site.

New allotment patches and accessible green open space will be introduced to complement the existing community orchard, a new local community hub will be built, and walking, cycling and road improvements will be made.

The other sites that have been submitted for planning, which will include a mix of council homes and shared ownership properties, are the former Brentry Elderly Persons Home on Knole Lane (34 homes), St Peter’s House in Horfield (28 homes), and three sites across Lawrence Weston on Capel Road, Littlemead and Oakhanger (57 homes).

Paul Smith, cabinet member for housing, added: “We want people to know that our housing development and planning departments remain open for business and we are more committed than ever to tackling the housing crisis.

“Modern methods of construction can help to increase the speed of delivery, so we are exploring where we can use them, across the city, to accelerate our new build programme.”

Main image of the proposed scheme on Bonnington Walk: Bristol City Council

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