Scheme set around a central green lane will offer novel forms of tenure

Elderberry Walk
Elderberry Walk in Bristol now has the go-ahead

Bristol City Council’s planning department has given the 161-home Elderberry Walk scheme in Southmead the go-ahead after plans were submitted in September last year, with construction likely to start later this year.

Elderberry Walk will be strongly rooted in the landscape of Southmead, and sympathetic to the surrounding area of North Bristol. The homes will be set around a central Green Lane featuring a wide promenade, cycle path and children’s play facilities sown across the site.

The project has been designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Artas-ua.info design is by Clifton Emery and Churchman Artas-ua.info Architects. Arup is the project engineer.

The new homes will be a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments, and two, three- and four-bed houses. Whether looking to buy or rent, preference will be given to people working and living in the local area. Almost a third of the homes will be affordable housing with United Communities – both for rent and shared ownership. A further quarter will be a new type of socially responsible private rent, to be delivered by Bristol and Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) and the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund.

Shamez Alibhai from the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund said: ‘This is the first time that a housing scheme has been funded as a collaboration between a national investment fund, a local community-minded investment company, and the Council. Given the substantial house price and rental price inflation in the city, we’re pleased to be helping provide intermediate ethical market rent housing solutions for both key workers and other tenants that are sustainable over the longer term. In addition, this investment reflects the first multi-tenure development within Bristol and is a new funding model that could be replicated nationwide to help encourage greater provision of homes.’

Additionally, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced that HAB Housing has been selected as one of 70 trusted housing developers and contractors for its Delivery Partner Panel 3 (DPP3). This panel is the third panel that the HCA have created to counter-act the UK’s accommodation issues and the Government has stated that getting more SMEs involved is the key to improving diversity and supply within the housing market.

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