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Redevelopment of Bristol eyesore a step closer

Westmoreland House (left) and the Carriageworks on Stoke Croft Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The renovation of one of Bristol's longest-standing eyesores has moved a step closer with the appointment of a housing association to oversee redevelopment work. Westmoreland House and the neighbouring Carriageworks on Stokes Croft have been left derelict and vandalised for many years.

Bristol City Council has appointed Knightstone Housing to oversee the eventual building work which it's hoped will transform the site into homes, businesses and public areas.

Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for strategic housing and planning, said: “We still have a long way to go to bring this gateway site, which has lain derelict far too long, back into use but we are a significant step closer now.

The city council has drawn up plans to compusorily purchase the buildings if the private owners fail to agree on terms to sell.