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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)

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Merlin residents enjoy ‘summer fun’ in Elm Park

Posted on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 2:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Pirates Cain (6) and Leeloo Vigurs (4) at the Merlin Housing Society's Summer Fun Day in Elm Park, Filton, Bristol.

Hundreds of residents enjoyed a great day out on Saturday 18th August at Merlin Housing Society’s annual Summer Fun Day in Filton.

Residents were entertained by the Rockwood Dog Display Team, the King Edmund’s Acro-gymnastics team and a stilt-walking balloon modeller, with music from Bradley Stoke Radio playing throughout the day. Other attractions at the event in Elm Park included a helter skelter, fun house, bouncy castles, coconut shy and a chance to meet the Gruffalo. There were also plenty of challenges for residents including giant jigsaw puzzles, tent making and a pirate treasure hunt.

Neighbourhood Housing Team Leader Claire Cook, who organised the event, said:

“It was a fantastic day and it was wonderful to see so many residents and their families come along and enjoy themselves. Everyone had a smile on their face and that was the most important thing for us.”

“We’ve picked up lots of feedback about how we can improve our services and residents also voted on which charity we should raise money for over the next year. We’re delighted to say that the Bristol-based Brandon Trust, which supports people with learning disabilities, including some of our residents, won the vote. And they’ll benefit straightaway as we raised money on the day which we’ll be donating to them.”

See more photos from the event (on Flickr).

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

Newleaze House site to be redeveloped with ‘family homes’

Posted on Friday 8th February 2013 at 6:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Newleaze House, Roycroft Road, Filton, Bristol.

Local social landlord Merlin Housing Society is looking to build “much-needed” new family homes in Filton, on the site of a sheltered housing scheme that it earmarked for a “change of use” last year.

The Chipping Sodbury-based society intends to build the properties on the site of Newleaze House in Roycroft Road – one of the supported housing schemes it is closing due to its unsuitability as housing for older people.

The social landlord had hoped to keep the existing buildings and use them for another specialist group like students, but research has shown this option – which was also unpopular with local residents – to be unfeasible.

Peter Crouch, Development Manager for the organisation, said:

“We’ve made a decision based on our Business Plan and our finances, but it has also taken into account the views of our community and local councillors.”

“We want to be an organisation that listens and that’s what we have done. We hope this level of feedback will continue as we look to consult with people who live in the surrounding area on our plans for the site.”

The majority of residents of Newleaze House agreed with the proposal to close the outdated scheme. Most have taken the opportunity to move into Bluebell Gardens, Merlin’s brand new Independent Living Community in Bradley Stoke.

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