United Communities and Kevin McCloud’s HAB Housing have submitted a planning application for 161 new homes in Southmead, Bristol. The two Bristol based businesses were selected by Bristol City Council to deliver an exemplar housing scheme on the former Dunmail Primary School site.
This super-sustainable mixed tenure housing scheme, designed by award winning, Bristol based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, is set around a central Green Lane, which provides a 20 metre-wide promenade for people and wildlife. This connects to neighbouring parkland which will be enhanced with a new children’s play area.
Thirty per cent of the homes will be Affordable Housing for United Communities – both for rent and shared ownership, whilst 25% will be for a new form of private rent. These will be delivered by Bristol and Bath Regional Capital (BBRC), a civic-led, socially focussed investor. They will be offering high-quality properties to rent with longer leases and capped rental increases that will enable residents much greater peace of mind and ability to plan for the future.
HAB will offer local residents and people working in the Southmead area the first opportunity to purchase one of the 70 market sale homes.
The housing – which will all be built to very high levels of energy efficiency and will consequently benefit from low running costs – has been carefully designed following extensive consultation with local residents. The project will deliver one and two bed apartments, and two, three and four bed houses; which, combined with the choice of tenure, gives a huge range of options.
If the planning application is successful, formal sales on the scheme will begin in early 2017. Construction is expected to start in spring 2017, with final scheme completion two years later in spring 2019.