New homes planned for former magistrates’ court


Sovereign Housing Association will bring 45 affordable homes to Yate in South Gloucestershire thanks to their partnership with Homes England.

The housing association will invest nearly £2m of its own resources into the scheme and will also use over £2m of grant funding from Homes England to transform the site of a former magistrates’ court at Kennedy Way in the heart of Yate, South Gloucestershire, into 45 one, two and 3 bedroom apartments and family houses.

Sovereign Housing Association is working with South Gloucestershire Council to finalise the detailed design of the homes, work is set to begin early next year, with a view to completing the homes by summer 2021.

Corinne Moore, Land and Planning Manager for Sovereign, said: “This site is perfectly located for affordable housing, and it’ll be used to support the local people who need it most. You’ve got everything you could need within walking distance: shops, surgeries, a leisure centre.”

“Our new strategy focuses on creating flourishing communities, and this new development should go some way towards providing affordable places for people priced out of the property market.”

John Boutwood, Senior Specialist at Homes England said: “Homes England is committed to addressing the country’s long-term housing shortage and increasing the supply of affordable homes.

“Unlocking unused public sector land for housing is also key to getting more homes built where they are needed the most, so we’re pleased to have been able to get this site ready for development as well as providing funding to deliver much-needed homes for local people.”

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and the Strategic Environment, Cllr Steve Reade, said: “We welcome the news that Sovereign will deliver a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme on the site of the former Northavon Magistrates Court in Yate.”

“These new homes will help contribute much needed affordable housing in South Gloucestershire and is well positioned for local facilities and transport services.”