The Millcross site is to be purchased from NHS Property by the council in a back-to-back deal with Alliance Homes, who will deliver the new homes.
The purchase will be through the government ‘one public estate’ scheme, which allows public sector bodies to have the opportunity to acquire surplus public sector land in advance of it being placed on the open market. The purchase will be funded through the immediate re-sale of the land to the affordable housing provider Alliance Homes.
The Millcross site in Clevedon was previously intended to be developed for a new community hospital. In 2018 it was allocated in the North Somerset Sites and Allocations Plan for 60 homes, which the housing provider has confirmed they will provide as 100% affordable housing.
Leader of the Council, Don Davies, said: “The demand for affordable housing has been steadily increasing and we need to keep up with that demand. This site has the potential to deliver not just affordable housing, but also meet our ambition that residents have access to a quality home that is affordable to them.”
Iain Lock, Director of Investment from Alliance Homes said: “We’re delighted to be working with the council to bring much-needed new homes to Clevedon. Redeveloping this vacant site will not only contribute to the supply of new affordable housing in the town, it will also support our objective to create great places where people want to live.
“It’s an exciting project, and whilst we haven’t agreed a final scheme design at this stage, we’re committed to making sure what we build reflects the current and future needs of the local community.”