Chance to share views on plan to replace 24 homes

Published on: 10 Jul 2015

Residents will be able to put their questions to the team behind plans to redevelop an area of Filton in a multi-million pound project.

Merlin Housing Society will hold a public meeting this month on its proposals to replace 24 homes in Rodney Crescent, Canberra Grove and Conygre Grove with up to 35 modern, energy-efficient homes.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22, at Filton Community Centre in Elm Park, Filton, from 3.30-6.30pm.

Project manager Sally Gilbert said: “We’re inviting our residents, neighbours and the wider community to come along to discuss our proposals and help us finalise the plans. We’ve had some really useful feedback at similar events we’ve held and are looking forward to hearing what people think about our plans.

“We’ll be applying for planning permission before the end of the year and aim to start work on site in Filton next year. There is a great demand for affordable housing in Filton and these 35 new homes will help to meet this need.”

The development is the latest part of the housing association’s plans to redevelop 450 “non-traditional” properties across South Gloucestershire. The properties were built in the 1940s and 50s as a quick solution to the post-war housing shortage, but are now suffering from damp and draughts.

Merlin’s redevelopment programme is one of the biggest of its kind in recent years in the country. It has already started work on its first redevelopment site in Coalpit Heath, where it is initially building 39 new homes.

As well as redeveloping 450 properties, Merlin is also carrying out external improvements to another 1,000 of its non-traditional homes. All of the work forms part of a pledge made to residents when it took over South Gloucestershire Council’s housing stock in 2007.

Comments (1)

  1. Rod Mayall:
    Dec 12, 2015 at 04:31 PM

    Why replace 24 homes with 35?

    Does this not constitute overdevelopement and overcrowding?

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