Bristol City Council review progress of new affordable homes in Lockleaze
Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes, and members of Bristol City Council, came to view the progress of 74 new homes being built in Lockleaze, north Bristol.
Abri, one of the south’s largest housing providers, is developing 74 homes with Speller Metcalfe undertaking the construction at the Shackleton Heights development. Situated along Crome and Constable Road, 50% of the new homes will be affordable, with 17 for social rent and 20 for Shared Ownership. A further 37 homes are for open market sale.
Visiting the development, Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes said:
“Demand for housing in Bristol remains very high and often outstrips supply so I’m hugely pleased to visit Lockleaze and see these new homes being built. Not only is Bristol facing a real challenge with housing supply but also with climate change so it’s great to see homes that are utilising cleaner sources of energy. With 50% affordable homes this also exceeds policy requirements for new developments and the homes have helped to regenerate a former brownfield site which alleviates pressure to build on green spaces.”
To lower their carbon footprint and the homes incorporate renewable energy features such as air source heat pumps, which will help to reduce energy bills for residents.
Stephen Lodge, Executive Director Development and Strategic Asset Management at Abri said:
“It was a pleasure meeting with Councillor Tom Renhard and his colleagues to show them the scheme at Lockleaze. In the midst of both a cost-of-living crisis, and a housing crisis, our work to build good quality affordable homes has never been more necessary. The demand for warm and sustainable housing reinforces Abri’s drive to build an average of 1,000 much needed homes every year.”
The housing scheme is due to complete at the end of 2023.
Mark Eaton, Divisional Director at Speller Metcalfe added: “We’re all delighted that the show homes are now open for members of the City Council and public to view and also that a number of the blocks have already been handed over to the Abri team. We work on a number of housing projects across the south west and are pleased to be nearing another successful completion.”