Blackberry Hill developers bow to public pressure

March 31 2017

THE giant company planning to build hundreds of homes on the Blackberry Hill Hospital site appears to have backed down on its refusal to make some of them available for rent or part-ownership.

THE  giant company planning to build hundreds of homes on the Blackberry Hill Hospital site appears to have backed down on its refusal to make some of them available for rent or part-ownership.
Galliford Try originally said that building a proportion of "affordable" homes would make the 305-property estate unprofitable.
But after protests from the charity ACORN, a petition of more than 500 signatures, investigations by the Bristol Cable newspaper and intervention from Frome Vale Councillor Nicola Bowden- Jones, it is reported that Galliford Try has agreed to provide about 100 affordable homes on the site, increasing the overall total to 344.
A revised planning application is likely to be submitted to Bristol City Council very soon, replacing the one from last year which has drawn dozens of objections.
Protesters have cautiously welcomed the announcement from Galliford Try's regional director Jon Young but say "the devil will be in the detail" as to whether the homes are genuinely affordable.
Councillor Bowden-Jones said on Facebook: "Pleased that Galliford Try have announced that 100 affordable homes will be built on the Blackberry Hill site, all those weeks I have spent in negotiation have paid off. Brilliant news."