Our first housing development in our home city of Bristol - planned for the Southmead area - is set to lead the way in sustainable living in the area.
During his State of the City address last week, Mayor George Ferguson announced plans to develop the old Dunmail Primary School site. The council is selling the land to our housing association partner United Communities, with whom we plan to build a mixed tenure development of 150 properties, with one third affordable housing. The affordable homes will be built to the equivalent of Passivhaus energy efficiency standards and all homes will meet level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes. In line with HAB's general approach, it's not just the homes that are to be sustainable. The whole development will be built with the environment in mind. The estate will have a green infrastructure spine, including sustainable food production, low carbon energy sources and new cycle routes.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This development will raise the bar in terms of sustainability and quality of design. The aim is for this to be a transformative housing scheme, one that drives a healthier way of living.
“We have worked really closely with the Southmead community throughout the process, and their ideas have been reflected strongly in the design.”
This will be the first project that we've undertaken in Bristol and Kevin McCloud, our chairman, said: “HAB has been eager to win a project in Bristol ever since we began to plan our move here. Now that our offices are in the city, it's with great relish that we can roll up our sleeves and begin work at Dunmail.
“This scheme gives us the opportunity to work alongside local people and organisations and to partner with United Communities, whom we particularly admire. We're looking forward to working in Southmead and delivering something of quality, richness and sustainability for the area.”
Local residents helped to shape the design of the development, and the community will continue to be involved throughout the project. Feedback from residents reflected in the scheme includes the desire for smaller low-rise properties, the need for a mixed tenure site and the inclusion of outdoor community space.
Oona Goldsworthy, Chief Executive of United Communities said: “As a locally based housing association we already have a long track record of working in Southmead, so we’re really thrilled to have won the bid to redevelop the former Dunmail School site. The 150 new homes here will help to tackle the affordable housing crisis in the city, by providing a mix of homes for sale, rent and shared ownership. We’ve already starting talking to the local community about what the homes might look like and hope that existing and future residents will be really proud of the new development.”
Money received from the sale of the land will be invested into school sports in Bristol. It is hoped that a planning application for the development will now be submitted in March 2016, and if consent is given work would be due to start in September 2016. If all goes to plan the scheme should be completed in March 2019.
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