Southmead community-led housing scheme gets green light to build

We’re delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted to build 120 new homes at Glencoyne Square in Southmead, Bristol. The regeneration of the area is set to be one of the country’s largest community-led schemes, with 85% of the new homes being made affordable.

Working together for the community

The community-led scheme is a collaboration between United Communities, Southmead Development Trust and Yarlington Housing Group. The planning application was confirmed by Bristol City Council on 13th May 2020.

Southmead Development Trust is also working with architects Nash Partnership and contractor EG Carter to enable the scheme. The planning stages of the project have also received £176,000 of funding from Homes England.

Affordable housing

Responsibility for the new homes will be split between the partners. United Communities will own and manage around 30 of the new homes. A further 30 will be with Southmead Development Trust and Yarlington, part of Radian Group, will manage 60 of the new homes.

Phase one of development consists of one and two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent, shared ownership and for sale on the open market. The development also features a purpose-built health centre, new library and improvements to public areas.

Residents vision for Southmead

The Southmead Regeneration Project began in 2014 after a group of residents came together to create a vision of how Southmead could be improved. The regeneration team is made up of local residents and the Southmead Development Trust, a registered charity also run by residents.

To understand the priorities for the regeneration scheme, residents across the entire estate were asked for their views, resulting in nearly 975 completed surveys.

Hard work pays off

Anna Klimczak, Interim CEO of United Communities said:  “We’re delighted by the decision today and the benefits this development will bring to the Southmead Community. Working with and supporting communities is at the heart of what we do and we can’t wait to see this project, and the Southmead Community’s hard work come to pass!”

Southmead Development Trust’s CEO Amy Kinnear said, “Our residents had a vision to transform the centre of Southmead and we have all worked so hard on this for the last six years. It’s amazing to receive such good news during such a difficult time in lock-down – we’ve now all got something brilliant to look forward to.”

Our commitment to build affordable homes

The new homes continue our commitment to build affordable housing which includes 77 homes at Elderberry Walk Southmead, and overall delivery of 550 affordable homes across Bristol and the wider Bristol area.

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