Bristol CLT has celebrated the completion of its first housing project, with the official opening of its Fishponds Road site on 25 September.
325 Fishponds Road features 12 homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, built using an innovative self-finish model, and a large communal garden. Residents played an active role in the design and construction phases, and will continue to manage this shared space. The scheme was built in partnership with United Communities, a Bristol-based housing association.
Keith Cowling, Chair of Bristol CLT, said: "This little development has changed a number of lives and they all have their own moving stories. Although this programme hasn’t solved the problems of how to build a lot of high quality, low cost homes, it has shown that a solution is possible. The project has created a process for a bunch of Bristol people in housing need."
Community-led housing is attracting growing interest in Bristol, as a key solution to the city's housing crisis. Power to Change has recently announced funding for a Community-Led Housing Hub in the city. In addition, Bristol CLT is currently working on plans for a second site in Lockleaze, which will deliver another 50 affordable homes by 2019.