Elderberry Walk

Building Happiness

November 2018 – Construction has started

Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, TV presenter, writer, and Chairman of HAB Housing, Kevin McCloud, and representatives from United Communities, Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, and Bristol and Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) attended the opening of the Elderberry Walk housing project in Southmead.

The housing development is the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together a housing association, a community investment company and private sector capital to provide much needed high quality affordable homes to rent and buy.

Cheyne and BBRC are retaining 61 homes to be used as ethically rented homes, key worker rented properties and a unique rent‐to‐buy offering. United Communities will retain 77 homes that include affordable rented homes, and shared ownership homes. Cheyne will also offer 25 homes for sale.

HAB Housing worked with Stirling Prize winners AHMM architects to produce a design which will create beautiful, sustainable housing with a strong sense of community. The project is being funded and developed by Cheyne Social Property Impact fund and United Communities whilst Engie Regeneration are the main contractor for the scheme.

Anyone interested in any of the new homes should email elderberrywalk@unitedcommunities.org.uk and complete the online enquiry form.

The first homes will ready for occupation in 2019 with final completion in 2020.


August 2017 – Planning approved

United Communities and HAB Housing have been given approval for landmark Southmead housing development

We are really pleased to be able to announce that planning has been approved for the building of 161 homes in Southmead, Bristol. Bristol City Council’s planning department has given the scheme on the site of the former Dunmail primary School the go-ahead after plans were submitted in September last year.

“Now building on this site in Southmead is near to beginning, we are looking forward to
working with the community to make a real impact on the area. Our new homes will benefit
those facing a housing crisis in the city, and the sustainable build means that lower
living costs for our new tenants too.” – Oona Goldsworthy United Communities, Chief Executive

Read full news article here

February 2017

Our planning application has been positively received by both the community and Bristol City Council. Things are looking good but we are awaiting the final go ahead. We are working with our contractor to establish a confirmed ‘on site’ date, it’s looking likely to be early Summer 2017. However, you may see us doing a few surveys and things on-site in the meantime. We are so pleased with the support and enthusiasm from the community in Southmead and can’t wait to get started. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Bristol Post Article

HAB Press Release

October 2016

Planning application submitted.

Read full news article here

July 2016

Throughout 2016 we have been working with the Southmead community to develop plans for the former Dunmail Primary School site. We are working with HAB (Happiness—Architecture—Beauty) to develop around 160 sustainable homes built with the local community and environment in mind. Over one third of the homes will be affordable rent or available for purchase through shared ownership schemes. The remaining will be available for private purchase or rent.

On May 13th & 14th 2016 we held two public consultation days to share our plans with everyone. We had over 200 visitors across the two days and gathered some really useful feedback. We shared the latest master plan at the Southmead Festival in July and again receive really positive feedback. Residents were also pleased to see that we had addressed the concerns raised back in May.

The local residents have been an invaluable resource during this period of development and consultation. We hope that the process continues to be a positive one for all as we move forward with the project.

We have spoken to a number of local organisations and community groups including: Friends of Badock’s Woods, Southmead Development Trust, BS10 Parks and Planning, Southmead Steering Group, Southmead Historical Society, Lannercost Centre, Southmeads of 50’s, Local Councillors and many more in less formal ways…

Consultation overview

‘’I want to fully thank you for involving; residents, the BS10 Parks and Planning Group
and delivering something finally that people in Southmead can be proud of’’

Ian Thornley (local resident)

More information

For more information please email mattp@unitedcommunities.org.uk

Illustrations by Ruth Whiter


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