The South West housing provider LiveWest has welcomed the first residents into Jessop Park, its new 350-home “eco” site in south Bristol.
The scheme, located in Hartcliffe on the former Hartcliffe College campus, is a joint partnership between LiveWest and housebuilders Keepmoat Homes. Topping out was completed on the first home on site last November.
Once complete Jessop Park will include several features such as a new community orchard, wildlife corridor and natural play areas.
The scheme, developed in partnership with Bristol City Council, will use ground source heat pumps to heat the new homes, benefiting the council through the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Parry Morgan, head of development for LiveWest, said: “We are so pleased to see the first residents moving into their new homes at Jessop Park.
“The development provides a wide range of homes, including much needed affordable housing in an attractive, exciting and vibrant new setting.
“Working with Keepmoat Homes and Bristol City Council, we have had a common goal of creating a high-quality new housing development which will provide new residents moving into this exciting project with a great place to live.”
Jessop Park comprises a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as two, three and four-bedroom houses.
A third of the properties on site will be affordable housing as they will be made available for either social rent or shared ownership.
At the centre of Jessop Park will be Pollinator Park, a community orchard which will feature public art spaces and a variety of rich pollinating plants.
The orchard will attract wildlife such as bats, birds, bees and insects while providing fruit and a green open space for residents.
One of the first residents to move into the new one- and two-bedroom homes is Alex Hutchinson, who moved in with her partner and young son and daughter.
Hutchinson said: “The house has given us a fresh start and we are grateful to have such a lovely home to watch our children grow. The smile on our son’s face when he’s playing in the garden is priceless.
“The community is great, we have everything we need right on our door step and all within walking distance. It’s on a main bus route too.”
Dan Haines, regional director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “Work continues apace, and we’re delighted that we are welcoming residents into the first properties.”
LiveWest owns and manages 37,000 homes across the South West of England. It is a member of Homes for the South West, a group of 11 leading regional housing associations.
The housing association plans to invest over £2 billion in the South West economy and provide 15,000 new homes in the region over the next 10 years.
Image: A CGI of LiveWest’s Jessop Park scheme in Hartcliffe, Bristol. Credit: LiveWest.