A £14m project to build 72 new homes in two South Gloucestershire villages will get underway in the new year.
We're building the new homes to replace 44 of our existing properties in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton. And the Chipping Sodbury-based housing association has just appointed specialist house builder Lovell to carry out the work.
The new homes are the next phase of our project to redevelop or refurbish its 1,500 non-traditional homes in South Gloucestershire. Work on the first 39 new homes being built in Coalpit Heath is nearing completion and the first people should be ready to move in in the spring.
Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “Building new homes is one of our top priorities as there is a real need for affordable homes in South Gloucestershire. Together with the homes we’re already building in Coalpit Heath, this is going to provide a huge boost for local families looking for somewhere affordable to live.
“We’re pleased to be working with Lovell again on the next phase of our ambitious project and it’s exciting to think that working will be starting after Christmas. It’s been great to see the new homes Lovell are currently building taking shape over the past few months and we’re delighted that they are on track to complete the 39 new homes ahead of schedule.”
Lovell Regional Director Kate Rees says: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Merlin and look forward to starting work on the next stage of this important scheme which is making a real difference to the lives of residents, creating smart, energy-efficient, modern homes for local people.”
We received planning permission for the new homes in Algars Drive and Nibley Lane in Iron Acton and at Newlands Avenue, Willow Way, Bell Road in Coalpit Heath, earlier in the year after consulting with local residents and the parish councils. All of the properties being replaced were built after the Second World War as a quick solution to the housing shortage. But their condition has deteriorated, they are expensive to heat and are now suffering from a number of issues including damp and draughts.
The new homes are part of our goal to be building 300 new homes every year from 2019. We're currently onsite building 150 homes and have just completed our first ever development in Bristol, with residents due to move in in the new year.