First council houses in years are built

November 02 2016

FOUR new family homes have been built in Fishponds as part of a drive by the city council to start addressing the housing shortage.

FOUR new family homes have been built in Fishponds as part of a drive by the city council to start addressing the housing shortage.

 The council house development in Lewington Road by Oakland Construction is one of 13 on brownfield sites across the city in the authority’s New Build Housing Programme.

Another, in Lawrence Hill, is creating 13 homes for larger families. Smaller homes are being built on some of the other sites, depending on the need in each area.

Many of the sites being built on make good use of disused housing land including ex-garage sites that have become uneconomical to rent or fallen into disrepair.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “The shortage of adequate housing is one of the biggest issues facing the city and I have pledged to build 2,000 homes a year by 2020, 800 of which will be affordable homes.   

“We are not just building houses; we are trying to build communities where people feel they belong.

“Although every house is important, we need to do all we can to accelerate our build programme to try and address this chronic shortfall. We have put a halt to the sale of land and 1,700 new homes will be built on the land we free up – this will include 60 council-owned houses.”

Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: "These homes are another small contribution to meeting Bristol's housing need. We are seeking to dramatically increase the number of new homes which are affordable to rent for the people of Bristol.

“This will be achieved through council homes like these, as well as housing associations and community led organisations working with us on council owned land to tackle our housing crisis in a way which is sensitive to the needs of communities."