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PlaceShapers in the South West & Wales are set to deliver over 5,500 new homes to the region by 2021. This is a significant boost to the region’s housing stock. The region has one of the fastest growing populations as well as being one of the most sparsely populated.

Oona Goldsworthy PlaceShapers Board member and Chief Executive of Bristol-based United Communities said: “Placeshapers in the South West and Wales occupy one of the largest geographic areas and although it takes almost as long to get from Bristol to Newcastle as it does to get from Penzance to Bristol, we are still a very supportive and well connected area. We deliver a wide range of innovative homes to a diverse region - rural homes, urban developments as well as homeless shelters and young peoples projects."

The homes form part of the 118,000 PlaceShapers around the country will build by 2023. Here's a showcase of some of the exciting and diverse projects the South West & Wales region has and is set to deliver:

Coastline Housing has just welcomed its first customers to a new development in Helston. The 75 much-needed homes are being built at Nansloe on the edge of this historic Cornish town and are part-funded by £2.3 million secured from Homes England. A mix of 45 affordable rent and 30 shared ownership properties are all for people with local connections. Thinking of wider responsibilities to the community, Coastline is working with construction company Mi-space in delivering Coastline Construct, a training scheme for unemployed people to help them get their first jobs in the construction industry. The on-site training has enabled them to gain their CSCS cards, and, as part of the scheme, build a new vegetable garden and play space for neighbouring Nansloe Academy. Coastline Housing has also been recently rated by Inside Housing as one of the fastest growing housing associations in the country, with plans through to 2021 to add a further 300 homes a year to its current stock of over 4,500. A further 21 homes are on-site in the holiday town of Newquay, another town in Cornwall where house prices are far higher than many local people can afford. Also under construction is a brand new Homeless Service building, including a day centre, 18 crisis accommodation rooms, and eight rooms to help clients prepare for a move to independent living.

United Communities is on track to deliver over 500 new homes by 2021 as set out in their 2016 homes for the future plan. The small organisation always strives to punch above its weight, delivering innovative forward thinking projects as well as well built homes built to last with community in mind. LaunchPad is a pioneering modular accommodation solution for young independent adults. The development is the first of its kind in the UK, inspired by a trip to Amsterdam to visit similar projects housing young people and asylum seekers. The project will house young people moving on from supported housing as well as young key-workers and students from Bristol University. The 31 new homes will create a mixed community which supports the young residents’ journey to independent living. It will also bring students together with other young people to create a better sense of community among those who are passionate about connecting with others and proactively building a new community. The project team has worked closely with Bristol City Council who is leasing the land (an old car park) for a minimum of 10 years. The idea is that the modular homes could be reassembled on another site, if needs be, once the lease is up. United Communities is working with 1625 Independent People, University of Bristol Students Union, The University of Bristol, and hopes to welcome its first residents in September.

Alliance Homes Group is developing 16 affordable homes in partnership with developer, Speller Metcalfe in the vibrant community of Shirehampton, Bristol. The south west-based housing provider is delivering its Pembroke Road development with grant funding support from Homes England and Bristol City Council. The scheme demonstrates the provider’s collaborative relationship with the local authority to unlock sites and subsidy to deliver against shared corporate objectives. Alliance’s goal is to create homes and places that customers are proud of. By providing placemaking investment at the same time as delivering its new homes, the organisation is committed to ensuring communities are able to have a sustainable future.

Bron Afon transformed the former home of the Pontypool Free Press newspaper into nine new homes. It was built in 1923 and named after the owner and publisher of the paper. The building has over the years since the paper left housed a number of businesses, including a taxi firm and a solicitors. We worked in partnership with Torfaen Council on the refurbishment, which took just over 12 months to complete. It received funding of £559,480 from Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places fund. By 2024 we aim to have built 450 homes in Torfaen.

Selwood Housing Group plans to build 1000 properties over the next five years, providing much needed affordable homes across Wiltshire, Mendip and Bath and North East Somerset. These plans include the redevelopment of the former Margaret Stancomb school site in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, where Selwood Housing is based. The town centre, brownfield site which has been derelict for over 10 years, will be transformed to provide 21 mixed tenure homes, including four for shared ownership.  CEO Barry Hughes said: "Our plans are to regenerate this site sympathetically, centred around the impressive 19th century school building, which we plan to retain and convert, to keep this historic landmark. We will build a range of affordable homes for shared ownership and social rent. The shared ownership homes will help local families get on to the housing ladder, and the homes for social rent will provide lower cost rented homes on a secure basis."

Placeshapers' South West members:

Alliance Homes Group

Bournemouth Churches Housing

Bron Afron

Coastline Housing

Cornerstone Housing

Merlin Housing Society

North Devon Homes

Selwood Housing

Teign Housing

United Communities

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