Building affordable homes for Bristol

Councillor Tom Renhard, smiling, with trees on College Green in the background.
This blog is from Councillor
Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member
for Housing Delivery and Homes.

Affordable housing projects are underway across Bristol and our new interactive map can show you where. 

The delivery of new affordable housing is a key priority for our administration, with a target of delivering 1,000 new affordable homes a year by 2024. The Mayor pledged to get Bristol building again and we have delivered much needed new homes for the city. Last year Bristol built 2,563 new homes with 474 of these being affordable, the most in more than a decade. Our data shows that there are over 1,300 new affordable homes currently being built across the city, with many more due to start on site over the coming months.

Our Project 1,000 Affordable Housing Delivery Plan outlines how we will focus the council’s land, time, money, and influence to improve the way affordable housing is delivered in Bristol. It is not just about the number of new homes we build; we are committed to developing mixed and balanced communities, working hard to make sure any new homes are suitable for the surrounding local area.

As part of this project, we have developed this online map of where affordable homes are being delivered across the city so everyone can keep up to date with the progress being made. This development pipeline map gives you information on the affordable homes currently being built and where future affordable homes are likely to be built.

The development pipeline map includes affordable housing delivered directly by the council, from our housing company Goram Homes, and third-party providers. Third party providers include our partner housing associations (registered providers), community-led housing groups, developers, and Build to Rent providers.

Examples of developments currently on the map include:

  • One Lockleaze – in partnership with Countryside Partnerships, Goram Homes is building 268 homes on a brownfield site in north Bristol, of which 55 percent will be affordable housing.
  • St Peter’s House – 28 council owned homes which are a mix of flats, houses, and maisonettes, a new Children’s Home, and a Community Centre are being built on a brownfield site in Horfield.
  • Broad Plain House – developed by Curo, Broad Plain will be 100% affordable housing, with 47 new homes including Social Rent, Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership.
A map of Bristol (right) highlighting where new affordable homes are being built. The Mayor of Bristol's logo is in the top left of the image. Below that, text reads: "1,300+ New Affordable Homes Being Built Here in Bristol, #DeliveringForBristol".

On the map you are able to see for each development:

•             The development name and postcode

•             Information on the developer and registered provider

•             Scheme description

•             Total homes

•             Total affordable homes

•             What type of affordable homes are being delivered e.g. number of social rented, shared ownership, or other affordable housing types.

•             Expected completion date

•             Link with further information on how to apply for the affordable homes

•             An image of the development

This key information can be used by people interested in renting or buying affordable homes in the city. In Bristol we have more than 19,000 households on our waiting list for social housing, along with over 1,200 households in temporary accommodation.

It is crucial that we continue to build a range of affordable homes to rent and to buy across the city, meeting the varied housing needs of the Bristol citizens who cannot afford to pay market prices. We’re moving ahead with plans to build social housing with the recent HRA budget approval putting forward £453m to deliver 1715 new council homes - over five years.

The Housing Delivery Team will be updating this information regularly.  As more affordable homes come through the planning system, we will be adding them to the map to make you aware of the opportunities.

This interactive map helps demonstrates the impact of Project 1000 and the council’s commitment to the delivery of affordable homes across the city. I hope you find it useful.