Decision details

Grant funding award to United Communities Housing Association for the development of 40-48 Midland Road, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0JY for the delivery of affordable housing,

Decision Maker: Executive Director: Growth and Regeneration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Mayor of Bristol has set out the objective of delivering 2,000 new homes, 800 affordable, each year. In response to this the Council allocated £57m for the provision of a grant funding programme to Registered Providers, and other eligible non-profit making organisations, for the delivery of affordable homes for rent together with supplementary grants to incentivise the development of zero carbon affordable homes, the adoption of modular housing and the building of wheelchair accessible homes. This award relates to the 22nd round of grant funding by the Council under the Affordable Housing Funding Policy (current version approved by Cabinet on the 2nd April 2019).


Approves the grant allocation to United Communities Housing Association of £2,750,000 for the development of 30 affordable rented homes (£2,250,000) and a supplementary grant (£500,000), in accordance with the Affordable Housing Funding Policy. The supplementary grant providing for the installation, for the whole scheme (of 50 affordable homes in total), a high level of insulation to improve airtightness (equivalent to Passivhaus standards) and connection to the city centre heat network. This decision is made under delegated authority for the award of grant (including those in excess of £500,00) to support the delivery of affordable housing approved by Cabinet on 7th March 2017 and supersedes any previous decision in relation to this scheme.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - All grant funding applications are appraised by an officer led panel of subject matter experts, in accordance with the criteria and minimum standards set out in the Affordable Housing Funding Policy and Procedure, which includes analysis and assessment of scheme grant funding requirement.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 12/01/2021

Date of decision: 11/01/2021