Regularly voted to be one of the best places to live in the UK, Bristol is celebrated as one of the most livable cities in the country with excellent green credentials, access to open space and cultural amenity. It is one of the country’s economic success stories and has grown faster than any other UK core city, and has a population of nearly 500,000 people. Bristol City Council is determined to make sure this prosperity and the opportunities that come with it benefit everyone, through the provision of new homes and business opportunities in sustainable mixed-use communities.
The Council has retained its housing stock and currently owns and manages around 28,000 homes across the city. The Mayor set out a manifesto commitment of building 2,000 new homes – 800 affordable – a year by 2020. The Council is already playing an exciting role in helping to achieve this, and has already completed nearly twenty new build developments through its award winning council housebuilding programme. It also recently formed a wholly owned development company in Goram Homes.
Why The Council Joined The Housing Forum:
We believe our involvement with the forum will help provide an opportunity to share information and exchange views with a network of leading professionals. We are particularly looking to capitalise on the greater flexibilities available for council’s to build again, and in doing so, explore innovative ways to build the homes our citizens need both now and in the future.