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Knightstone celebrates the opening of 22 new homes at Rectory Lane

Posted on Thursday 20th October 2016 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of Knightstone Housing Association's new homes at Rectory Lane, Filton. L-r: Cllr Ben Stokes (South Gloucestershire Council), Jack Lopresti (MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke), Nick Medhurst (chair of the board at Knightstone) and Steve Roberts (contracts manager at Speller Metcalfe).

Knightstone Housing and South Gloucestershire Council have celebrated the opening of 22 new homes at Rectory Lane, Filton.

Developed in partnership with the council, and with contractors Speller Metcalfe, the scheme provides 13 new homes for affordable rent, as well as nine homes for shared ownership.

Knightstone own 1,381 properties within South Gloucestershire (as at August 2016) and has invested over £21 million in the local authority area over the past four years developing new affordable homes.

The official opening was conducted by Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, Cllr Ben Stokes of South Gloucestershire Council and local MP Jack Lopresti.

Representatives from Speller Metcalfe, Noma Architects and Randall Simmonds were amongst the guests celebrating the opening.

Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, said:

“At Knightstone we’re committed to building much needed affordable homes and investing in communities. Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, we’ve jointly been able to deliver this outstanding development offering a mix of affordable rented accommodation and shared ownership homes.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with the council to provide many more new homes in South Gloucestershire.”

More: Knightstone also building nine new supported homes in Filton »

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Newleaze House demolished to make way for 16 new homes

Posted on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 12:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Demolition starts on Newleaze House in Filton - a Merlin Housing Society development.

The redevelopment of one of Merlin Housing Society’s former older people’s housing schemes in Filton has got underway with the demolition of the old building.

Diggers moved onto the site of Newleaze House in Roycroft Road earlier in the month to begin tearing down the building. The old building has now been completely demolished and the housing association is preparing to build 16 new affordable homes on the site. The new homes will be a mixture of two and three bedroom houses and six one and two bedroom flats.

Development Officer Shane Smith said:

“We’re delighted to be underway with this project and that within the next 12 months, there will be 16 new, quality, affordable homes in Filton.”

The £2m development is being part-funded by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency through its Affordable Homes Programme. Work is expected to take around 12 months to complete, with people able to move into their new homes next spring.

Photo: Development Officer Shane Smith stands in front of Newleaze House as it is demolished.

More info: Newleaze House, Filton (Merlin Housing Society)

Plans unveiled for new homes on Merlin’s Newleaze House site

Posted on Thursday 19th September 2013 at 10:07 am by SH (Editor)

Merlin staff with the plans for the redevelopment of Newleaze House in Filton.

Residents in Filton took time out to look at Merlin Housing Society’s plans for the development of 16 new homes on a site in Roycroft Road.

Around 40 people attended a public consultation event at Newleaze House to view the plans before the housing association submits its planning application.

The plans include six two-bed houses, four three-bed houses and six one and two-bedroom flats which will be offered at a mix of social rent, market rent and shared ownership.

Merlin’s Development Manager Peter Crouch said:

“The site provides us with a fantastic opportunity to develop much needed and affordable family homes in Filton. We’ve tried to reflect current and future demand for housing in the area.”

“We held this event as an opportunity to find out what local people think of the proposals. Most of the comments we received were in favour of the development. We had a few minor objections, which we will address before we submit a formal planning application.”

“We’re aiming to start on site early next year and have the homes ready for people to move into in early 2015.”

Previously used as older people’s housing, Newleaze House was deemed not fit for this purpose back in 2010, based on the size and accessibility of the bedsits it housed.

Merlin helped move the existing residents out of the building earlier this year, some of whom went to its brand new retirement development at Bluebell Gardens in Bradley Stoke.

The society initially looked the idea of using Newleaze House for student accommodation, but after consulting with the local community, it became clear that redevelopment was a more viable option.

People will also have a chance to have their say through South Gloucestershire Council’s formal planning process.

Source: Press release from Merlin Housing Society

Housing association consults on Filton Police Station proposals

Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 1:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Knightstone Housing Association - Filton Police Station.

Knightstone Housing Association has announced its intention to apply for planning permission to build new homes on the site of Filton Police Station, which is set to be decommissioned in 2014.

The news is revealed in a flyer that has been circulated to local residents and posted on the Filton Town Council website.

On its website, the association says its is working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Avon and Somerset Constabulary to redevelop the site to provide up to 19 affordable homes for rent.

Local residents are invited to attend an information event, where the proposed plans will be displayed.

The event takes place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Elm Park, on Thursday 21st February, between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

According to the Knightstone website, the proposals include the construction of one and two bedroom flats, and two and three bedroom houses. The new homes will meet the Homes and Communities Agency’s Quality and Design Standards, including HQI ratings, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Building for Life.

Detailed plans are expected to appear on the Knightstone website on Monday (18th February), in advance of the information event.

Knightstone Housing Association provides housing management and support services to over 24,000 tenants and homeowners in 38 local authority areas across the south west.

The Filton Police Station site was put up for sale in May last year, ahead of the planned transfer of police services to a new station in Patchway in 2014.

Related link: Filton Police Station (Knightstone)

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