Newleaze House to be replaced with 16 new homes

Published on: 15 Jan 2015

Demolition is due to start this month as Filton’s Newleaze House is replaced with 16 new homes.
Five three-bed homes, four two-bed homes, four one-bed flats and two two-bed flats will be built on the site of the former elderly people’s home.
Newleaze House was popular with residents but its design meant access was difficult for those with mobility issues and the rooms were small.
All residents were relocated to modern developments, including The Bluebells in Bradley Stoke.
Owner Merlin Housing Society has been awarded £2.4m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to build 84 homes in South Gloucestershire over the next three years. The money is part of the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme which saw £886m given out to building projects across the country.
Merlin is going to use the funding to help finance the redevelopment of nine non-traditional housing sites in Coalpit Heath, Little Stoke and Iron Acton, plus Newleaze House in Filton.
Head of Development Michelle Thomas said: “We’re delighted to receive this money from the HCA. We already own these sites and have detailed redevelopment plans in place for them.
“We’ve chosen the non-traditional sites as the properties on them are in real need of improvement.
“They are suffering from structural defects and have become very expensive to heat for those living there.
“The former older people’s housing scheme in Filton has a large number of unpopular bedsits, with narrow corridors and many stairs, which really weren’t ideal for older people or anyone with mobility issues.
“We closed the site last year and found residents safer, more suitable homes.
“This money will help us replace all these properties with modern, affordable, energy efficient homes.”
Now Merlin has been successful with its first bid, it hopes to be able to secure grant funding for other new developments in future.

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