Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones visits Curo’s Lawrence Weston development

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, joined Victor Da Cunha, chief Executive of Curo and Louise Swain, Chair of Homes for the South West’ and Chief Executive of Alliance Homes on a tour of the new homes being built at Curo’s development in Lawrence Weston.

The Willows is a regeneration project led by housing association and Homes for the South West member, Curo. The scheme will deliver 57 new affordable homes which will be available for rent and Shared Ownership. The development includes a mix of one, two and three bedrooms flats, houses and maisonettes across three adjoining sites.

The scheme will comprise of 13 flats to be created by converting Curo’s existing office block at Holly House in to a residential building. 17 apartments are being built on the land of the former Long Cross Inn, and 27 houses and maisonettes are nearing completion on the site of the former Rockwell care home.

During the tour Darren was shown inside one of the apartments as well as one of the houses on site.

4 people inside a house being built

Darren talked about the need for new affordable housing in the area, as well as across the south west.

Louise said: “The  Willows was made possible thanks to £4m of grant funding from Homes England, which ensured they were affordable. Many of our Homes for Southwest members have similar schemes across the South West, so access to on going grant funding across the region is critical”

Victor said:  “The Willows is the result of close cooperation between the housing association and the local council to deliver affordable housing and ambitious regeneration. The council handed over the land to Curo who, in turn, enabled the delivery of a high-quality and eco-friendly housing scheme.

“These new affordable homes will change the lives of many families struggling to take a first step on the property ladder or rent affordably in the local area.