On the 4th June, 15 Bristol Housing Associations and Bristol City Council came together under the Bristol Housing Partnership (BHP) to celebrate the Homes for Heroes 100 event and to launch the 2019 Charter.
In 1919, post First World War, the City begun to build the first Council Houses on a larger scale under the Addison Act. These homes were originally intended for those returning after fighting at War and those communities displaced.
The Homes for Heroes 100 event was a celebration to mark the centenary of council estates in the City of Bristol and its Residents. Hosted by The Bristol Cultural Development Partnership the day’s programme included events, guided walking tours, and the planting of a commemorative tree at the building site of new Council development, Ashton Rise.
The BHP are a partnership of Housing Associations and Bristol City Council who all hold the same objective, to support the National Housing Federation by collaborating to achieve the delivery of new homes to the City of Bristol.
The 2019 Charter sets out four main objectives which will be the main focus for BHP;
• Investment in housing
• Increasing land supply
• Maximising S106 opportunities
• Building relationships and partnership
The partnership reinforces the commitment to listen to the needs of the City and ensuring that the provision of new homes is sustainable for future generations. The BHP’s ambition is to build 2,500 new homes over the next five years in a broad range of affordable tenures, including help to buy, shared ownership and rental.
The BHP will continue to build strong partnerships and opportunities, working together effectively to understand the challenges Bristol City faces.
* Photographer-Evan Dawson