New homes in sight

WORK has started on a new affordable homes development at a former gas works and timber yard in Clevedon. The new homes and flats, which are being built in partnership between The Guinness Trust and North Somerset Council, will be available to people on a

WORK has started on a new affordable homes development at a former gas works and timber yard in Clevedon.The new homes and flats, which are being built in partnership between The Guinness Trust and North Somerset Council, will be available to people on a part rent, part buy basis.A ceremony to mark the start of the work was held with North Somerset Council executive member for housing, Councillor Ian Peddlesden, helping to lay the first bricks.Guinness Trust regional head of development Jeff Astle said: "The scheme has been a long time coming."The site's previous use, as a gas works and latterly a timber yard, meant that considerable decontamination of the land was necessary prior to work commencing."We also revised our initial proposals in order to create more accommodation on site to respond to the acute housing shortage in the area."Cllr Peddlesden said: "In North Somerset, evidence shows that the average house price is up to 10 times average earnings and with more than 5,000 households on the council's waiting list, the need for these affordable homes is clear."The scheme has been funded with cash from the Housing Corporation, North Somerset Council and the Guinness Trust.


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