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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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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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Merlin confirms decision to end sheltered housing at Newleaze House

Posted on Friday 29th June 2012 at 9:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Newleaze House, Roycroft Road, Filton, Bristol.

The board of Merlin Housing Society has confirmed that Filton’s Newleaze House sheltered housing scheme is to close, allowing the property to undergo a “change of use”.

The decision confirms a recommendation made to the board following a review of all 50 of the group’s supported housing schemes in South Gloucestershire, carried out by Ark Housing Consultancy.

Newleaze House was one of ten schemes identified by the consultants as needing “considerable investment to remain as supported housing schemes in the medium to long term”.

The decision comes after many rounds of meetings and informal and formal consultation with residents, local Councillors and MPs.

Sally Wilcox, Head of Supported Housing for Merlin, said:

“We wanted to engage residents and show that we were listening to them throughout this process.”

“We’ve written to residents this week to tell them the outcome and invite them to a meeting to explain the next steps and give them a very rough timescale for when those steps will happen.”

The meeting at Newleaze House will take place between 10am and 11am on Friday 6th July.

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