Almost 100 much-needed new homes are on course to be built in the historic city of Bath, through a partnership between IM Land and two high-profile house-builders. Linden Ltd and Bloor Homes have put in plans to Bath and North-East Somerset Council to build 94 homes, in an area known locally as ‘The Chill’.
This is the second phase of a major four-year project by IM Land, in line with the government’s recent Housing White Paper, suggesting that more homes should be delivered on brownfield sites.
The first phase was the purchase of the MOD Ensleigh North Site in 2013, which saw 253 xxx homes created and an agreement to deliver a 210-place primary school on neighbouring land on ‘The Chill’.
The land was bought by IM Land from the Bath Royal High School and in December, outline permission was granted for the 94 homes, of which 38 will be affordable, and the primary school – Abbot Alphege, which will open in September 2017.
Jonathan Dyke, strategic land director, IM Land said, “This is a text book example of the private and public sector working in partnership to deliver new homes and amenities for the benefit of the community.
“For Bath this was the first time a new primary school has been built for 30 many, many years and was only made possible by IM Land working with B&NES council to acquire and remediate the land, delivering a fully serviced site ready for the council to take forward.
“The 94 homes, are the final piece of the jigsaw and demonstrates are ability to identify potential development opportunities at an early stage, take a long term view and successfully work with all parties to realise the value in land and create a sustainable new development which all can be proud to be a part of.”
Chris Harris, managing director at Linden Homes Western, said: “We’re delighted to be creating more homes in this special location. The first phase has proved extremely popular, as we we’re able to provide generous-sized homes with good parking, close to the city centre.”
Andrew Driscoll, senior land director at Bloor Homes South-West, said: “It’s been a pleasure working to bring forward this site for much-needed new housing, Subject to approval, we hope to start work on site in the spring.”
IM Land was launched by Midlands based IM Properties (IMP), in response to the national acute housing shortage and identifies, acquires and promotes new residential and mixed-use sites.
IMP, which has traded successfully across the industrial, office, residential and retail sectors for almost 30 years, has an asset portfolio of nearly £1 billion (and for the first time in 2015, recorded profits exceeding £100 million (£103.1m)