Development Partnership Forum for the South West in Bristol

Development Partnership Forum for the South West in Bristol

Next week, The Housing Forum will be holding its first Development Partnership Forum of 2022 in Bristol.

The Housing Forum’s Development Partnership Forum for the South West, on the 8th March, offers an engaging programme of seminar sessions and includes the option to visit one of two housing projects in Bristol in the afternoon. The one-day event features an introduction from Chief Executive Shelagh Grant and a keynote presentation from Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes at Bristol City Council on the Home Delivery Plan.

There will also be sessions from Jez Sweetland, Project Director at Bristol Housing Festival, on finding scaleable solutions for housing and places, whilst The Housing Forum’s best practice guide — ‘Better Procurement for Better Homes’ — published last autumn, will be discussed by Matthew Goulcher, guide author and Managing Director at Levitt Bernstein.

In the Developer Panel, four landmark case studies will be featured. These include Castle Park View — a 26-storey residential development in Bristol city centre, which will provide 375 new homes, 300 for private rent and 75 affordable homes — which is being delivered by Linkcity in agreement with Homes England, Bristol City Council, M&G Real Estate and Abri.

Also showcased will be the Wapping Wharf regeneration project — a mixed-use scheme that is being delivered by family-owned development company, Umberslade, and phases one and two are now complete. The first phase included the construction of 194 apartments — 113 private homes, 55 apartments for private rent and 26 affordable homes. Whilst phase two includes 256 homes — 163 for market sale, 49 shared ownership and 44 for private rent, with a further 81 affordable homes, 41 shared ownership and 40 for affordable rent.

Representatives from Linkcity, Bouygues UK, Hill, Umberslade and Vistry Partnerships West will be delivering sessions for the Development Panel.

After lunch attendees can choose to walk to the Castle Park View and Wapping Wharf developments for a tour or be transported to Vistry’s Blackberry Hill scheme, a project to transform the former Blackberry Hill Hospital site into 346 new homes, which Vistry’s Lindon Homes brand is delivering in partnership with Homes England, Bristol City Council and Sovereign Housing Association.

After the tours attendees will be returned to Bristol City Hall.

A limited number of places are still available. If you are interested in attending the event please email

An aerial panorama of in Bristol ©Alexey Fedorenko/AdobeStock.

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