Community Led Housing project appoints Barefoot Architects

Press Release

A community group from Lawrence Weston are very pleased to announce that they have appointed the Bristol firm ‘Barefoot Architects’ to work with them on their plans for a community-led housing scheme at Astry Close.

The community-led housing project is set to develop a piece of former housing land which is currently owned by Bristol City Council and hope to build around 40 new homes to benefit local people and those wanting to put down roots in the area. Barefoot Architects have previously worked on a Community Land Trust in Dorset and now get to work on this exciting project in their home city. Sam Goss, Director of the firm said “We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected to work with the community in Lawrence Weston to help co-design some new sustainable, high quality, and affordable homes for the area. The project will build on our experience in the community housing sector, which we passionately believe to be the future for new developments in the UK.”

Local resident, Roger Sabido, who took part in the interview process and has been involved in the project for many years was very impressed with the firm’s commitment to involving residents throughout the design process, not just at traditional consultation events. Roger said “We’re determined our project will show that low-cost social housing can be of a genuinely high build standard, and built around its residents’ needs, from extremely low energy and running costs through to being delightful homes to live in.  We are really pleased to have chosen Barefoot Architects to help us achieve this”

As with other areas of Bristol, residents of Lawrence Weston are struggling to find decent, affordable housing in the area, even though lots of new homes are currently going through the planning process. The area already has a lot of 2- bedroom council flats, so this scheme will provide more family homes with gardens as well as outside communal space.

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: “I am really pleased to see progress being made on this development. When I first met Ambition Lawrence Weston their plans were mired in bureaucracy, since then we have worked together to move this project forward and I am delighted that they have now appointed architects to make community led housing in Lawrence Weston a reality”

The project at Astry Close is one of many community-led schemes being proposed in Bristol. It is putting residents at the heart of the process, allowing them to help decide what gets built. They will then also get a say in how the development will be managed and maintained, ensuring the homes remain affordable and are an asset for the whole community. The project is being led by Ambition Lawrence Weston, a neighbourhood body who have secured funding to make this happen from Bristol City Council, Power to Change, MHCLG and the National CLT Network. The team hope to start building the homes by the end of 2019.

For more information about the project and to get involved contact Lisa Denison, Project Manager on 07900 908391, lisa.denison@virgin.net or visit the Facebook page @astryclose