Housing Development: A Crisis?

Dove Street Housing Development Remains Derelict

The area of derelict land on Dove Street in the St Pauls area has been left vacant for over fifteen years, despite being owned by a housing provider.

The land is owned by ‘Places for People’, which describes itself as ‘one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK’.

Simon Nicolas, who is managing the project, noted that Places for People “are hopeful they will resolve outstanding planning matters by the end of 2017.”

However, similar comments were made to St Pauls Unlimited newsletter in 2011-2013. In 2012, The Bristol Post reported that Places for People had gained planning approval for the ‘transformation of Dove Lane.’ This involved a regeneration project that was predicted at the time to bring ‘at least 900 jobs’ to Bristol and provide affordable homes. Yet nothing appears to have progressed since that time.

Places for People could not be reached for details on this matter, but have been quoted previously as seeking to deliver ‘around 280 new houses and flats’, together with ‘office and retail space’.

Over the course of their ownership of this plot, house value has increased by over 32%.