By Dan Evans / email@example.com
THE city council wants to sell off two garage sites to raise funds to help improve the quality of local authority housing.
It owned more than 300 such sites across the city, which it has been reviewing, selling and redeveloping for the last couple of years as part of the Garage Strategy Project.
Some of the garages are in a poor condition, while in other areas it has been hard to find people who want to rent them. The authority is now looking to sell the garage site at the rear of 13-27 Belroyal Avenue, Brislington, which covers an area of about 1,018 square metres. It is also disposing of the garages at Derham Road, Bishopsworth, covering 923 squared metres.
Potential buyers are being invited to get in contact with the council if they are interested.
At the start of the project, 1,942 people rented garages from the council, which decided action needed to be taken to reduce the time and money spent on maintaining under-used and derelict sites, while improving the quality of others.
A council spokeswoman said: “Selling the garage sites for development will help provide much needed additional income for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA). “This can then be used to improve our existing housing. Where affordable housing is built, it may also help to reduce numbers on the Bristol Housing Register. Some of the sites the garage team have looked at are not suitable for development. For example, they may be too small to be economical or they may be in an area of high land values.
“In these circumstances the land may be sold on the open market.”
Each garage site was surveyed and discussed with a “stakeholder panel”, made up of tenants, ward councillors, housing officials and people living near the sites affected.
Recommendations were then made about what could be done with each site – either sold for redevelopment, sold on the open market or retained by the council.
Once the garages are sold, buyers still have to submit a planning application to the council if they are planning to redevelop it.
In some cases, the city council has given first refusal to housing associations.
Where possible, the council has provided help for people who were renting garages and have had to look elsewhere, including those with disabilities.
The project has not included garages in the Inns Court area, which was part of the council’s Knowle West Regeneration Project.
The sites in Brislington and Bishopsworth are currently being shown on maps for public inspection at St Anne’s House, St Anne’s Road.
They can be inspected from Monday to Thursday, 8.30am-5pm, and Fridays, 8.30am-4.30pm.
For more information about the proposals, or anyone interested in making an offer for one of the sites up for sale, telephone the Garage Strategy Team on 01173 525526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any objections to the proposals must be made in writing, quoting reference 80952, and be received by Sally Gilbert, project manager, Garage Strategy Team, St Anne’s House, St Anne’s Road, Bristol, BS4 4AB, before September 9.