Residents of nearly 50 houses in Filton will be moved out next winter as

Published on: 14 Sep 2013

Residents of nearly 50 houses in Filton will be moved out next winter as Merlin Housing Society redevelops their stock of 'non-traditional' homes. The scheme is part of a South Glos-wide project which should be completed by 2022. Filton residents will be away from their homes for at least 12 months and up to 24 months, with the first people moving out in December 2014. The entire Filton project will take about three years. Merlin said they would ensure residents were re-housed in locations which minimised disruption and that if they liked their temporary home, they could possibly stay there. Across the district, 450 homes are being demolished with 650 taking their place. Residents have previously expressed fears that they could lose garden space as a result of the plans. Most of the homes affected in Filton are in the Conygre ward. A Merlin spokesperson said: "We have now published our draft programme for the multi-million pound redevelopment of 450 non-traditional homes. "All of the homes were built in the 1940s and 50s but are now suffering from a number of issues including damp and draughts and are expensive to heat. "Merlin has identified 48 of its properties in Filton for redevelopment. These properties are due to be redeveloped in the second phase of the project. "The entire project will see Merlin redevelop 450 non-traditional properties at locations across South Gloucestershire, making it one of the biggest programmes of its kind in recent years." Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: "This is a really exciting project that will see us replacing 450 old, damp, draughty properties with 650 modern, energy efficient homes over the next few years. We're already pressing ahead with the design work on the first site and will be applying for planning permission for this in the autumn, so we can start work on site next year." As well as redeveloping 450 properties, Merlin is also carrying out external improvements to another 1,000 of its non-traditional homes, many in Filton. All of the work forms part of a promise made to residents when it took over South Gloucestershire Council's housing stock in 2007.

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