The Housing Minister visited our ex-forces self-build project in Bristol
Kris Hopkins, Minister for Housing, visited our self-build homes in Bedminster last week. The visit, arranged by the Homes and Communities Agency, was one of a series in the South West, allowing the Minister to see the importance of government funding for housing and the impact it can make in people’s lives.
The scheme was completed in 2012 and was the country’s first self-build for ex-service personnel. It consists of 14 two-bed homes for rent. 10 of the homes are for ex-service personnel and four are for people with learning disabilities.
Nick Horne, our Chief Executive, said: ‘It was great that the Housing Minister could meet our residents and see first-hand the difference this innovative scheme has made to the lives of the ex-servicemen. We’re really proud of the scheme, which we developed in partnership with the Community Self-Build Agency. It gave 10 people, who had all served in the forces, the chance to gain skills and qualifications at the same time as building their own homes.
‘The funding we received from the Homes and Communities Agency, together with the support from our other partners, including Bristol City Council, enabled this project to happen. It shows the importance of government support for new affordable homes in meeting the needs of real people as well as contributing to the into-work agenda.’
The Homes and Communities Agency supported the project with an investment of £660,000.
We're starting work on their second self-build scheme in July, also in Bedminster, which will house another 10 ex-service personnel.