On Monday 19 July, Full Council agreed a Commissioning Plan for the procurement of a development partner to deliver 52 high quality sustainable homes at the site.
The Uplands site is part of the Council’s Development Programme agreed by Council in February. The programme seeks to improve the supply and quality of new housing and employment on council-owned-land, driving up standards and meeting the needs of local people.
The Uplands site secured planning approval in February and will be a flagship for high quality and high sustainability housing:
- The design team has been led by Mikhail Riches Architects, who in 2019 won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture for a scheme in partnership with Norfolk City Council.
- All homes will be Passivhaus certified, a very high standard of energy efficiency meaning lower carbon and lower energy bills for residents. Electrical Vehicle Charging will be provided throughout.
- The scheme is “landscape-led”, with more than 50% of the site remaining as green space and including enhancements to footpaths and woodland.
- The housing mix includes a higher than usual proportion of two-bedroom homes, as well as eight bungalows and features designed to enable home-working and/or downsizing – all intended to help meet local needs. All homes are at least 10% bigger than required by National Space Standards.
- The scheme will provide 30% affordable housing and exceed policy requirements in relation to accessible and adaptable homes that are suitable for residents with disabilities.
Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Placemaking and Economy, at North Somerset Council, said: “The Commissioning Plan will look to find a development partner through an open procurement process. We will prioritise a developer that embraces the quality and ethos of the development plans, whilst at the same time bringing the investment and expertise to deliver the site promptly and efficiency.”
Procurement is proposed to start late summer / early autumn with a view to appointing in early 2022 and a start on site in the Spring.