Plan for 70 homes

May 25 2022

MORE than 70 new affordable homes could be created on a former industrial estate.

Sovereign Housing Association wants to replace Exhibition House, on the corner of Hayward Road and North View, and neighbouring buildings on the site near Soundwell Road with 40 two-bedroom flats and 33 one-bedroom flats. The 73 homes will be available for social rent or under a shared ownership scheme.

The housing association and consultants Black Box Planning published details of their proposals and held a short consultation in May, and are now preparing to submit a planning application.

Commercial units offering what are described as "flexible work space" are also included in the plans for two, three and four-storey buildings on the site.

But the developers have been warned that the scheme could hit a stumbling block if they do not provide enough parking – the plans currently only include 18 car parking spaces.

If permission is granted, work to transform the site, building three detached blocks, would start early next year, with the intention of the first homes being ready in the summer of 2024.

Exhibition House is currently leased out as office and storage units, with signs on the building advertising that space is available. A gym occupies part of the development site.

Sovereign says the scheme will help meet the "significant requirement for affordable housing across South Gloucestershire", where 4,552 households are currently on the waiting list.

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