New community-led homes proposed for Lawrence Weston

Ambition Lawrence Weston and United Communities have joined forces to submit proposals to Bristol City Council for 36 new homes in Lawrence Weston.

34 of the 36 homes proposed for the site of former council homes at Astry Close will be provided as affordable housing; a mixture of affordable rent and shared ownership tenures. The application also includes two self-build plots to meet the requirements set out in the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Plan. The design team, Bristol-based firm Barefoot Architects, were selected by the local community and have embraced the co-design process. Working with the community they have created a design that creates manageable social spaces for neighbours to interact but also allows for privacy and a sense of safety. The homes will all be highly energy-efficient and built with good quality materials that should stand the test of time.

The application follows several years of work by the local community to develop this project. A steering group set up in 2017 has secured the freehold and ownership of some of the homes by Ambition Lawrence Weston, for the long term benefit of local residents. There will also be a local lettings policy to ensuring priority is given to people who live, work or have a connection to Lawrence Weston.

In the long term, this development will continue to be led by the community, giving residents a say over things such as; how the neighbourhood is looked after, which maintenance contractors to appoint and any future policies that affect them directly.

Grants and professional support have been provided to help the community get to this stage by Bristol City Council, Power to Change, National Community Land Trust, Locality, and Homes England.

The plans for the scheme will be shared at an Open Day to be held at Lawrence Weston Youth Centre on August 10th from 11am – 3pm. The application is available on council’s planning portal using the reference 19/03660/F.


Mark Pepper, Development Manager for Ambition Lawrence Weston is delighted to get to this stage. “It’s been a lot of hard work, and local people have really worked hard to develop this project, and we’re learning a lot as we go along, with support from our partners. We hope that this project will enable us to provide much needed, quality houses for local families who want to remain in the area as well as a long-term asset for future generations.”

“Being a community housing association allows us the flexibility to look at community initiatives. We are committed to providing solutions to our city’s housing crisis, and community-led housing is an example of how we can approach things differently.” Oona Goldsworthy, United Communities CEO.

About Ambition Lawrence Weston

Ambition Lawrence Weston (ALW) was established as a resident-led anchor organisation in 2012 and incorporated as a charitable organisation in 2013.  ALW aims to improve the lives and wellbeing of local residents and have been successful in bringing together stakeholders and networks around planning and tackling local neighbourhood issues striving to make Lawrence Weston a great place to live and work.  Lawrence Weston is a post-war housing estate on the north west outskirts on Bristol.  Ambition Lawrence Weston was established in 2012 by a group of residents who wanted to make the area a better place to live after a decline in local services.

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