Yesterday Kingswood MP, Chris Skidmore, welcomed Kevin Bourner and Alastair McChesney from Homes England to Parliament to discuss the future of the former Kleeneze factory site in Hanham.
Having previously been purchased by Tesco as a site for a new supermarket in Hanham, Tescos decided to not go ahead with building the store in November 2016 and this has left the future of the site uncertain for some time.
Homes England has now stepped in to work alongside South Gloucestershire Council with a view of redeveloping the site for housing with a portion of the site being retained as space for small businesses. The organisation is currently in the process of conducting preliminary ground investigation work and other due diligence ahead of purchase. Kevin Bourner, General Manager for the South West, was positive about the future of the project which aims to deliver around 150 homes.
Following the meeting, Chris said:
“I was keen to push for the future of this site to be resolved as soon as possible and I was delighted that Homes England agreed to meet with me to discuss their plans for the former Kleeneze factory site. It is welcome that part of the site will be retained for employment use and while I am disappointed that a car park can no longer be accommodated on the site, I welcome the fact that there will be a significant amount of affordable housing and that this development will help ease pressure on the Hanham Green Belt. I will continue to follow this application closely. Above all, residents need certainty that after so many years this derelict site will be put to good use.”
Kevin Bourner from Homes England said: “I am delighted we have the opportunity to purchase this site for much needed housing in the South West. I am also pleased that we will be working closely with South Gloucestershire in order to bring forward 150 homes and provide much needed affordable housing in Hanham.”