A small development of new homes, all of which will be affordable social housing, is nearing completion in Bristol.
Planning permission for the 14 houses, on the site of the derelict White Hart pub on Whitehall Road, was secured by Pegasus Group in what is one of the first 100% affordable schemes of its kind.
Funding was provided with a grant from Bristol City Council’s Affordable Housing Funding Budget – a £57m pot of money set aside to tackle the city’s housing waiting list. The council grant of £322,000 was in addition to a grant of £520,000 from Homes England, the Government’s housing authority.
National consultancy Pegasus Group secured planning permission on behalf of Clayewater Homes, working with Curo Group, to deliver the 100% affordable scheme.
Jonathan Coombs, from Pegasus Group’s Bristol office, said: “Clayewater Homes acquired the long derelict public house, between Easton and St George, complete with planning permission for 13 homes. However the scheme was not deliverable due to the expectation to retain the façade of the former pub, which was not structurally possible.
“We worked with Clayewater Homes to demonstrate that the existing consent was not deliverable and also to take the opportunity to include a further home using timber frame construction in order to deliver a high quality, thermally efficient scheme that met with Curo Group’s design requirements.”
All 14 of the properties are three-bedroom family homes, and the first occupants are due to move in by Christmas. They will be available for affordable rent through the city council’s HomeChoice website, which prioritises people and families on their need and local links.
Pegasus Group provided heritage services to secure the recording of the pub prior to its demolition, as well as expert planning witness, 2D visualisation and CGI design, EIA and town planning services.