Housing Association Curo acquires 10-acre site for housing development from Bristol City Council

Housing association and house-builder Curo has recently acquired a 10.2-acre site in Lawrence Weston from Bristol City Council with a view to building up to 128 new homes, including 30% affordable housing for social rent and shared ownership.

Curo will be hosting a public exhibition at the Lawrence Weston Baptist Church (Long Cross, BS11 0LT) on Thursday 22 March from 3pm until 7pm to give local people the chance to view and comment on the proposals.

The land stretches from the back of Long Cross and Henacre Road, between Kings Weston Lane and the skate park, and is one of three sites identified for vital new housing in the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Plan.

The proposals have been developed by the housing association in consultation with the resident-driven organisation Ambition Lawrence Weston, Bristol Urban Design Forum and Bristol City Council’s affordable housing team.

Curo is proposing a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes, with the majority being 2 and 3-bed houses (72%) in response to the Lawrence Weston Housing Needs Study which highlights the requirement for these types of properties to enable families to stay in the area.

Cabinet lead for housing at BCC, Councillor Paul Smith, says: “Our city desperately needs more affordable housing and we are keen to work with housing associations and developers like Curo who share our vision for thriving mixed communities with high quality, modern and efficient homes.

The Henacre site will unlock the opportunity for more local people to buy or rent at an affordable cost thanks to the 37 social and Shared Ownership homes proposed as part of the development.”

Curo Chief Executive, Victor da Cunha, says: “Curo is an organisation with social purpose at its heart. We’re committed to help build the homes our region needs and we’re proposing 185 new homes for Lawrence Weston in Bristol, across two sites – Henacre and Corbet Close. More than half of these – 94 homes – will be affordable housing delivered within integrated communities.

We’ve got great ambitions to build a significantly higher number of homes in Bristol and we’re constantly looking for new sites to help the Council achieve their goal of delivering 2,000 homes a year by 2020, of which 800 will be affordable housing.”

Alongside new homes, the development plans for Henacre show improvements to the existing infrastructure such as new zebra crossings and bus shelters on Kings Weston Lane and Long Cross, as well as large areas of open green space and a proposal to retain and re-route the existing cycle path to the north of the site.