On Friday, 12th May the new homes in Bath Road, Brislington were given the seal of approval at a formal opening. Councillors, members of the Construction team and the Housing Association were able to meet the new residents of Lynwood Park.
Residents shared their experiences of life in their new homes and one resident in particular told her life changing story “Before this we were homeless and had to live in a few family hostels where my two little girls had to share a house with people we didn’t know. Thankfully our luck changed and we are so happy with the house, there is so much space for the girls to play. I can finally say we’re home, it’s where we have wanted to be for so long.”
The new homes have been built in the grounds of Grade II-listed Lynwood House. Owned by the Plymouth Brethren since early 1800’s, the site was put on the market for development in 2012. The dilapidated shell of the Grade II listed Lynwood House has been tastefully restored to provide four one and two bedroom flats for shared ownership.
In total, 52 much needed affordable homes have been built at Lynwood Park ranging from one and two bedroom flats to two and three bedroom houses. These are available for a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership.
Lesley Metcalf, Sovereign’s Regional Head of Development said “It’s great to be able to take some time out to see the results of the work we’re doing to provide homes our communities need. Bristol City Council is committed to building 2,000 new homes a year by 2020 in Bristol and we’re committed to playing our part in meeting that aspiration. In 2016 we delivered 140 new homes across the city.”
Phil Barnes, Regional Manager, E G Carter & Co Ltd said “We’re proud of the work we’re doing with Sovereign. Lynwood Park marks a key milestone as it reflects the 300th home we’ve built together and we have many other schemes in the pipeline.”
The first residents moved in during November last year and the final shared ownership flat has now been sold with its new occupiers expected to move in shortly.
Tony Carey, Councillor for Brislington East who helped cut the ribbon said, “I was born and still live in the area. It’s wonderful to see this development and the existing building, Lynwood House, restored and looking presentable. Mayor Marvin Rees made housing his priority and the contribution of Sovereign and partners have set the wheels in motion to build housing in Bristol for many years.”