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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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