The future for social housing in Gloucestershire was top of the agenda when Tewkesbury's MP Laurence Robertson met chief executive Tim Knight and Bromford CEO designate Robert Nettleton recently.
Discussions centred on the joint core strategy (covering Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester) and Bromford's planned investment of £1.5bn in 14,000 new homes over the next decade - around half of which will be in Gloucestershire. This month, Bromford and Merlin Housing launched their new organisation - which retains the Bromford name -and talks are progressing positively with Severn Vale Housing Society over a merger with expectations that we will join Bromford in early 2019.
Growing the business will enable the extension of Bromford’s innovative neighbourhood coaching approach to Severn Vale’s customers in and around Tewkesbury, supporting an extra 4,000 households to build more resilient communities. This will take the overall homes owned and managed by Bromford to almost 44,000 and delivering an extra 1,000 homes in the next 10 years, taking the total to 15,000.