North Somerset Council has announced up to 60 affordable homes are to be built on an allocated housing site in the centre of Clevedon in North Somerset following calls from Clevedon Councillors.
Cllr Caroline Cherry said: "The best value option for Clevedon's derelict Millcross Site has always been the social value option: Social Housing. I am so glad that North Somerset Council and Alliance Homes have seized this opportunity to provide a great place to live for hard-working residents priced out of our area. Building affordable housing like this is one small way we can improve the lives of young people who are going to be so damaged by the compounding effects of Brexit and Covid-19."
The Millcross site is now to be purchased from NHS Property by the council in a back-to-back deal with Alliance Homes, who will deliver the new homes.
The purchase will be through the government ‘one public estate’ scheme, which allows public sector bodies to have the opportunity to acquire surplus public sector land in advance of it being placed on the open market. The purchase will be funded through the immediate re-sale of the land to the affordable housing provider Alliance Homes.
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The Millcross site in Clevedon was previously intended to be developed for a new community hospital. In 2018 it was allocated in the North Somerset Sites and Allocations Plan for 60 homes, which the housing provider has confirmed they will provide as 100% affordable housing.
Cllr Huw James, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing in North Somerset, said: "This is really exciting project in Clevedon. It's great to see North Somerset Council acquire the Millcross land for affordable housing, working in such a strong partnership with Alliance Homes delivering on our shared goals for affordable housing. Great work both by Alliance’s Investment Team and the team at North Somerset Council to seize on the potential for joint working"
"NHF’s Home Truths show that in North Somerset the ratio of house prices to incomes is 1:10. Over 200 homes stand empty, and the income required for an 80% mortgage is £66,422."
Iain Lock, Director of Investment from Alliance Homes said: “We’re delighted to be working with the council to bring much-needed new homes to Clevedon. Redeveloping this vacant site will not only contribute to the supply of new affordable housing in the town, it will also support our objective to create great places where people want to live.
“It’s an exciting project, and whilst we haven’t agreed a final scheme design at this stage, we’re committed to making sure what we build reflects the current and future needs of the local community.”