A record number of affordable homes were built in South Gloucestershire last year, and we were responsible for building more than a third of them.
South Gloucestershire Council has just reported that in the last year a record 368 affordable homes were built in the area last year, up from 308 the previous year. And we have been responsible for building 125 of these new homes.
Cllr Erica Williams, Cabinet Member responsible for housing delivery, said: “This is great news for people who need an extra helping hand to rent or part-own their first home.
“The council works with the ‘HomesWest’ housing association partnership and with Homes England, developers and housebuilders to provide these homes either for social and affordable rent or shared ownership.
“As a local authority area where average house prices are above the national average at £250,000, having access to suitable housing is directly related to preventing homelessness and is vital to addressing other housing related support and social welfare issues.
“With new schemes in the pipeline, I’m confident that next year the number of completions will continue to rise so that more people will benefit from owning or renting their own home.”
Over the past year in South Gloucestershire we have completed 35 new homes in Charlton Hayes, 30 in Thornbury, 26 in Coalpit Heath, 25 in Downend and 9 in Cadbury Heath, most of which were for rent. At the same time we also completed our first homes in North Somerset in Weston-Super-Mare.
And in the year ahead we’re aiming to build more than 350 new homes across the West of England, as part of our goal of building 14,000 new homes in the next ten years.