Goram Homes’ 2023 business plan has been approved today by Bristol City Council. With over 3,100 homes planned across our city, we are transforming brownfield, council-owned land into new communities, with affordable homes in the numbers our city so desperately needs.
Building for Bristol
Working with our development partners, we plan to build 3,112 high-quality, sustainable homes over the next ten years, including 1,448 for social rent or shared ownership – that’s almost half of the planned housing across our 15 sites. This means more people given access to a safe and secure home.
As Bristol City Council’s housing company, we are driven by what most benefits our city – including delivering affordable housing, building highly sustainable homes, and providing jobs, skills and training on our construction sites. This focus is imperative in the challenging economic times our country faces.
And whilst our business plan is responsible in its response to the national economic landscape, the ambition of Goram Homes and our development partners has never been stronger: to build for Bristol and help tackle the housing challenges of a growing city.
Where and how we build is important too
Amid a climate and ecological crisis, we have a clear responsibility to protect the environment, so finding ways to build that protects both people and planet is something we take very seriously. I’m proud to say we exceed industry standards for sustainable housing, and for our plans to increase biodiversity across all the sites we develop.
It’s not just about delivering homes either. We can add real value to the communities in which we build. Our skills academy in One Lockleze will launch this Spring, meaning that alongside building 268 new homes, we’ll provide on-site work experience and training to local people that will kickstart their careers in construction.
It’s also about listening. Those closest to our sites know best what will work in their communities. That’s why we launched a design competition last week for our Novers Hill development. By working with residents and local groups on the judging panel, including Friends of the Western Slopes and Novers Hill, we hope to find a winning plan for 50 new homes on brownfield land that will respect the ecology of the adjacent Western Slopes.
We look forward to meeting communities across the city as our development sites progress through the planning process. And, as our first houses complete at One Lockleaze this financial year, we look forward to welcoming families into their new homes.
Stephen Baker, Managing Director, Goram Homes