I am delighted that today, Goram Homes’ 2022 Business Plan, has been approved by Bristol City Council. Our increased pipeline of nearly three thousand homes creates a solid foundation for our company’s future. And this year we have included new impact statements and stretch targets demonstrating further our company’s commitment to making a positive social impact.
Rising to the challenge
Our city faces a housing crisis and ecological and climate emergencies. We want to create places that will benefit both people and the planet by building homes that have a net positive impact on the environment and increase biodiversity. That is why we are committed to always exceeding industry standards and policies and only working with partners that share our ambition.
Access to nature is crucial for everybody’s mental and physical health. Our award-winning proposals for Romney House were designed with the Lockleaze neighbourhood firmly in mind and include a new community park and wildlife corridor. This will provide a blueprint for future projects, and we will always look to include safe, open spaces that encourage people to spend time outside.
Innovating to succeed
This March, we will announce the finalist for our first design competition at Castle Park. We asked companies to share their most innovative ideas for a sustainable development to sit on top of the energy centre – and we were not disappointed. We received thirty-seven submissions from agencies across the UK, full of fantastic ideas and designs. Watch this space to see very soon who we will be working with on this trailblazing project.
Building for Bristol
Our new pipeline means that, through our partnership model, we can build high quality developments at pace – giving more people the chance to have a safe and secure home. We are committed to always including as many affordable homes as we can. The addition of Hengrove Park – a multi-year project of 1435 homes – doubles our current pipeline. With 48% of our development programme being affordable, our homes will contribute substantially to Bristol City Council’s target of building 1000 new affordable homes a year from 2024.
Our ambition is to build mixed developments that create balanced communities which complement existing neighbourhoods. We take seriously our responsibility to work hand in hand with residents who have important insights into what their area needs. It is why, in response to clear feedback from residents, we won’t be pursuing development of the Knowle West Health Park site.
With our new pipeline of sites agreed, we will soon be undertaking a programme of consultation and engagement events across Bristol, and I look forward to meeting you soon.
You can find full details of our development pipeline here.
Stephen Baker, Managing Director, Goram Homes