Decision details

Community Led Housing Land Disposal Policy – Disposal of Land to Community Groups

Decision Maker: Executive Director: Growth and Regeneration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To enable release of sites specifically to the community led housing sector via an open, transparent bidding process for the delivery of community led Affordable Housing to meet Corporate objectives of taking an ‘asset-based community development’ approach to work with communities and to deliver 1000 Affordable Homes a year by 2024. To support community led housing offering local communities and Community Land Trust, the opportunity to develop sites that have particular characteristics and constraints that make them unattractive for other housing development operators.


Following the invitation for CLH groups to apply to become preferred bidders for the second tranche of sites to award Preferred Bidder status to community groups in line with the Community Led Housing Land Disposal Policy adopted by cabinet in February 2020.
The decision was taken to approve preferred bidder status to community groups and to dispose of land to these groups for the development of Affordable Housing, subject to the CLH Groups:
•formally acknowledging that the Council will not be in a position to assist with the capital funding of the affordable housing delivery on their allocated site
•meeting the key milestones required to secure satisfactory planning consent and demonstrating appropriate funding arrangements;
•demonstrating ability to meet the BCC Standards for CLH for Governance/Finance and Management:
The groups awarded preferred bidder status and the sites concerned are as follows:
1.Knowle West Media Centre/We Can Make – Rodfords Mead 1, Former Garage Blocks, Hengrove, BS14 9UE
2.Bristol Somali Resource Centre – Tenants Hall, Avonvale Road, Barton Hill, BS5 9SR
3.Home Time – Former Scout Hut, 61-67 Woodborough Street, Easton, BS5 0JA
4.Knowle West Media Centre/We Can Make – Pensford Court, Former Garages to the rear of 62 to 70 Craydon Road, Stockwood BS14 8HD
5.Knowle West Media Centre/We Can Make – Queens Road Car Park, Queens Road, Bishopsworth, BS13 8PH
To task Officers to enable and support the Preferred Bidders to secure external funding and / or source external funding by the Council to support delivery and to progress the schemes to full planning consent.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - The sites have been considered and rejected for other routes to housing delivery due to their significance to local communities and the constraints and abnormal costs involved.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 22/11/2022

Date of decision: 18/11/2022