Housing providers partner up to help tenants find their perfect match

Social housing providers in South Gloucestershire have partnered up for a series of ‘speed-dating for houses’ events, to help their tenants move. Merlin Housing Society, Knightstone Housing Association, Sovereign Housing Association and Solon South West Housing, are holding the events to help people affected by Welfare Reform. The three events will bring people who want or need to move home

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House completions show positive construction picture for South Glos

South Gloucestershire’s housing construction sector is performing well despite challenging economic conditions, new figures reveal. Data published in South Gloucestershire Council’s annual Residential Land Survey show that between April 2011 and March 2012, 957 new homes were completed in the district, an increase of 195 (20 per cent) on the previous year. Of these, 863 were new build dwellings with

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“Homes for Heroes” call from councillor

A newly-elected councillor and former Army tank commander has called for Armed Forces personnel to be given priority when affordable homes are allocated. Ben Stokes was elected in May onto South Gloucestershire Council as Conservative councillor for Boyd Valley. He previously served in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards of the British Army, who are currently on tour in Helmand Province in

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Labour would bring back housing targets, claim Tories

Local Conservative councillors and Green Belt campaigners have criticised confirmation that a future Labour Government would reintroduce regional housing targets. The Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) were a spectacular bureaucratic failure representing an affront to local democracy yet also proving ineffective in getting houses built – house building fell to the lowest level since 1924. The South West RSS proposed 32,800

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Housing association extends opening hours

Merlin Housing Society is extending its housing office opening hours after listening to residents’ views. From the week beginning Monday 2nd May, Merlin’s three housing offices will be open for residents to pop in from 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. And on Mondays residents will be able to phone their housing office until 6:30pm. The six month pilot of

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