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More than 12,000 new homes planned for Bristol’s North Fringe by 2027

Posted on Monday 6th January 2014 at 7:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Barratt and David Wilson Homes site at Charlton Hayes, Patchway, Bristol.

The formal adoption of South Gloucestershire Council’s long-term planning blueprint (Core Strategy) at a meeting of Full Council in December has paved the way for the construction of more than 12,000 new homes within a three mile radius of Bradley Stoke over the next 13 years.

The decision follows approval of the strategy by independent Government Planning Inspector Paul Crysell, who concluded, after 18 months of deliberation and negotiation, that the plan is ‘sound’ and suitable for adoption, subject to a number of final modifications.

When the draft version of the document was published in March 2010, the council was aiming to see 21,500 new homes built across South Gloucestershire over the period 2006 to 2027, but that figure has increased to 28,550 in the final version of the plan, following advice from the inspector.

Of that number, around 12,000 are planned to be built between now and 2027 within the North Fringe of the Bristol urban area, which is formed of Bradley Stoke, Cribbs Causeway, Filton, Patchway and Stoke Gifford.

The bulk of that number will be built in two new neighbourhoods provisionally known as Cribbs/Patchway (5,700 homes) and East of Harry Stoke (2,000 homes). Approximately 2,000 more homes will be built at Charlton Hayes (Patchway) over the period of the plan, bringing the total number of homes on that development to 2,400.

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Residents celebrate official opening of affordable housing development

Posted on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 8:53 am by SH (Editor)

Bluebell Gardens, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Residents of a Merlin Housing Society development in Bradley Stoke have celebrated its official opening.

Bluebell Gardens, in Savages Wood Road, is a joint venture between Merlin and retirement property specialists McCarthy & Stone. The £1.8m development of 24 purpose-built older people’s flats was opened by Merlin board member Sylvia Young at a ceremony on Tuesday 16th April, attended by residents, staff and stakeholders.

Merlin’s Operations Director, Amanda Meanwell, said:

“Bluebell Gardens has not only boosted the availability of affordable homes in the area, it also provides a benchmark for the standard we expect from any new homes we build.”

“Its official opening gave everyone the opportunity to come together, celebrate its completion and take a look around. We’ve delighted to have already heard good things from those who have moved in and we hope they will be very happy there.”

Residents of Bluebell Gardens benefit from wet rooms in all properties, automated entrance doors, mobility scooter store and level access showers.

The development took 14 months to complete at a cost of £1.8m and was completed in February 2013. It has been built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Lifetime Homes and Secured By Design standards.

Source: Press release from Merlin Housing Society

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Merlin builds affordable homes for older people

Posted on Thursday 9th August 2012 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Merlin Housing Society's development of affordable housing in Bradley Stoke.

A £1.8M development being built in Bradley Stoke will boost the availability of affordable homes for older people wanting to live in the area. Merlin Housing Society is working in partnership with developers McCarthy & Stone, to provide 24 purpose built flats right in the heart of the community.

Ian Matthews, Merlin’s Chief Executive, said:

“We’re delighted to be building new homes. Affordable housing is in short supply and we hope these properties will help ease demand.”

“This development will see us own and manage properties in Bradley Stoke – an area with high demand for older people’s housing – for the first time. And we’ve got plans to continue to invest in building more new homes over next five years.”

Due for completion in January 2013, the development includes 24 purpose built flats, with communal facilities and external gardens. The site sits in the heart of the Bradley Stoke, and being adjacent to the Willow Brook Centre, is in an ideal position for accessing local amenities.

Designed specifically with the needs of older people in mind, the development will be constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Lifetime Homes and Secured By Design standards.

The society is taking forward McCarthy & Stone’s Section 106 affordable housing element as set out by South Gloucestershire Council, which requires 33% of new development to be made available for affordable tenures.

The homes will be available through HomeChoice, South Gloucestershire Council’s choice based lettings scheme.

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Housing development leads to clampdown in pub car park

Posted on Friday 21st October 2011 at 12:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Fenced off area in the car park of the Three Brooks, Bradley Stoke

The start of work on the site of a new McCarthy & Stone development in Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, is likely to lead to a clampdown on unauthorised parking in the adjacent Three Brooks pub, The Journal has learned.

The developer intends to build 50 private retirement apartments and 24 social housing units on the site and is currently awaiting final approval from South Gloucestershire Council.

Contractors began fencing off the site on 10th October, an action that has seen about one third of the car park at the Three Brooks become incorporated into the McCarthy & Stone plot, in accordance with published plans.

Stephen Williams, manager of the Three Brooks, told The Journal that the loss of 32 parking spaces would not pose a problem for his business, provided no “non customers” used the car park.

He added that the pub is working towards “having solutions in place” to deal with unauthorised users of the car park, said to include Tesco staff, shoppers visiting the Willow Brook Centre and parents picking up children from the nearby Meadowbrook Primary School.

Mr Williams, who has managed the pub for two years, said he was unaware of any agreement with the school that permitted parents to use the pub car park. The afternoon pick up time around 3:30pm might become an issue now that the car park size had been reduced in size, he added.

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