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Council driving forward housing delivery

4:34pm - 07 January 2020

Two of North Somerset Council’s key development projects to improve the pace, quality and diversity of housing delivery across the area have moved forward.

The projects represent two ends of the council’s development programme that will deliver good quality housing and employment in the right places. This will contribute towards the required five-year housing supply, reducing pressure on unallocated, unsustainable sites.

The two projects are:

Parklands Village The council has begun the process of finding a development partner for 425 new homes on its land at Parklands Village in Weston-super-Mare.

The successful developer is expected to start on site in 2021/22 and will be required to deliver a high standard of design and sustainability within the development. At least 30 per cent of the housing (127 homes) will be affordable and they will all be delivered using “Modern Methods of Construction”.

This means that the homes will be precision-manufactured off-site before being transported to the development. This helps ensure the quality of construction and reduces damage, waste and delay caused by weather conditions.

Last year the council secured nearly £10m from the Homes England Local Authority Accelerated Construction fund to bring this development forward. This money has also part-funded the North South Link Road into the site, as well as key utilities and early groundworks.

Funding for the road has also come from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund and Economic Development Fund, as well as from the council and St. Modwen developments.

The site is part of the Weston Villages, which will deliver 6,500 homes, as well as up to 10,000 new jobs, a secondary school, primary schools, a health centre and local shops. The council recently secured national Housing Infrastructure Fund money to deliver the secondary school.

Community-led housing The council also owns some small pieces of land which, in some cases, might be suitable for housing. A project has been initiated to review these sites and assess their potential for community-led housing, supported by Middlemarch LLP who are specialists in this type of development.

Community-led housing is where groups of local people come together to take charge of a housing project in their community, often, but not always, in partnership with a Registered Provider of Affordable Housing. Part of the work over the next few months will be to gauge the levels of interest in such projects in North Somerset.

Cllr Don Davies, Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Housing, said: “It’s great to see our development projects moving forward on both small and large sites. The council is committed to doing everything it can to bring forward delivery of good quality housing in sustainable locations, reducing the risk of speculative development elsewhere.

“These projects will help to accelerate delivery and to increase the range of housing choices on offer to local people.”