New council homes in Bristol

New council homes in Bristol

Our New Build Housing programme, where we’re building council homes and how many homes we’ve built so far.

What we're doing

We started the New Build Housing programme in 2014, using brownfield sites to provide new, high quality homes. A brownfield site is any piece of land that has previously been developed, such as a car park, factory or office building. 

Our target is to build 2000 new homes by 2020. This includes 800 affordable homes, some of which will be council housing.

Housing strategy and supporting documents

Council homes we've built

We built 133 new council homes between 2015 and August 2019. 

New build council housing completed units (pdf, 60KB) (opens new window) (opens new window)

Where we’re building new council homes

To reduce costs, all of the sites make use of land we already own, with a focus on derelict sites that we can bring back into use. 

By doing this, we’re:

  • making the best use of land we already own
  • improving areas for local communities
  • addressing the demand for affordable housing in Bristol
  • helping reduce anti-social behaviour on derelict sites

We’re developing on a number of sites in Bristol. On the Local Planning Portal you can find more detailed information about each of the schemes, including site layout plans and elevations. Use the planning reference to find a scheme. 

Ashton Rise

Our largest site to date is Ashton Rise. We’re working with Willmott Dixon to deliver 133 homes, 53 council units and 80 for private sale (planning reference: 17/06559/FB).

If you want to be kept updated on the availability of properties in this site, go to the Ashton Rise website.

ZedPods, Chalks Road

We're working with Bristol Housing Festival, ZED Pods Ltd, YMCA, and Bristol and Bath Regional Capital to deliver a unique modular housing scheme in the heart of St. George. This will see 11 units constructed above an existing council car park.  

This environmental and socially focused development will deliver much needed council housing in the area for young people in need of affordable accommodation. 

As the units are manufactured off-site, we expect the time of the build to be relatively short. 

Work is expected to start on site on Monday 6 July 2020. However, because of the impact of Covid-19 on the supply of materials, this date may be pushed back a few weeks.  

An information sheet (pdf, 241KB) (opens new window) has been sent to local residents, advising of what to expect during the build and who to contact should they have any questions. 

More information on the scheme can be found on the Bristol Housing Festival website.

Future development schemes

We’ve started the next phase of the new build council housing programme. We’ll develop 11 sites over the next three years, which will provide around 550 new homes (subject to planning consent). We’ll announce more details in due course.

Lawrence Weston

We are proposing to build new housing on three vacant sites Lawrence Weston:

  • Capel Road
  • Commonfield
  • Little Mead 

The current proposals would see 57 new homes constructed across the three sites.

The project team have been working with the local planning group, Ambition Lawrence Weston, on the proposals and have appointed Emmett Russell Architects as lead designer. Wilmott Dixon has been chosen as the main contractor to deliver the new homes, subject to a successful planning application. We expect to be able to submit a planning application by the end of February 2020. 

We are holding a second public consultation event for members of the public. This will take place on:

  • Thursday 6 February at the Lawrence Weston Youth & Community Centre, Long Cross, BS11 0RX; from 4pm to 7pm.

Plans for each of the sites and boards displayed at the consultation event are available to view:

If you wish to provide us with feedback on the plans displayed, you can send your comments to The deadline for comments is Friday 14 February, please note any comments received after this date may not be included.


We're planning to develop three sites in Lockleaze, to include council homes.

These include:

  • former housing land at Branwhite Close
  • land allocated for housing at Bonnington Walk
  • the former Brunel Ford Dealership, Muller Road

Initial public consultation events were held in October 2019, and the comments received have been used to revise plans for the three sites. 
A second round of public consultation events have been organised, the details for which are as follows: 

  • Bonnington Walk, Monday 10 February; from 3.30pm to 7pm  at the Cameron Centre
  • Brunel Ford, Tuesday 11 Feb; from 3.30pm to 7pm at the Horfield URC Church, Muller Road

Plans for all three sites are available to view online on our dedicated Lockleaze Housing Developments page; along with surveys should you wish to provide feedback or comments. The deadline for responses is Sunday 23 February.  

Greville Elderly People’s Home and Gaywood House

In late November 2019, we held initial consultation events for potential housing developments at Greville Elderly Peoples Home, Stockwood and Gaywood House, Bedminster. You can view the display boards that were shown at these events below.

The plans shown were only indicative, and meant to demonstrate what a planning policy compliant scheme for each site may look like. Feedback taken from both events will be used to revise any plans and residents will be consulted again in the New Year.


We’ve won industry awards for the quality of the design and construction methods used for three of these development schemes: 

We’ve been nominated and shortlisted as finalists  for a number of industry awards (pdf, 33KB) (opens new window)

Apply for council housing

To place a bid when we advertise the properties, you must be registered with Home Choice Bristol

Contact the Housing Delivery team

If you’ve got a question about the New build council housing programme or need more information about a site being developed near you, email: