Knightstone Housing Announces Major Changes

PUBLISHED: 14:36 09 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:31 20 February 2013

Knightstone Housing Association has today announced plans for major changes, focusing its services on a more concentrated geographic area covering nine local authorities in the West of England and Somerset

7 June 2011: Knightstone Housing Association, one of the largest independent providers of affordable housing in the South West, has today announced plans for major changes.

The housing association will focus its services on a more concentrated geographic area covering nine local authorities in the West of England and Somerset. Itll also re-shape its services and build a new centralised headquarters in Weston-super-Mare to replace its six existing offices

Talks are being held with other housing associations with a view to a stock swap. The plans will see Knightstone Housing transferring most of its housing stock in Wiltshire and Swindon to another association by April 2012 and its houses in Dorset and Hampshire by April 2013.

At the moment Knightstone Housing Association owns and manages 11,000 homes across 37 local authorities. Within three years the association expects to be managing over 10,000 homes in the nine West of England and Somerset local authority areas.

The nine local authorities where the housing association will continue its services will be South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, BANES, Bristol, West Somerset, Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Mendip.

Chief Executive of Knightstone Housing Nick Horne said: These are bold changes that will transform what we do, how we do it and where we do it. The government changes to housing policy, rents, tenures and welfare benefits as well as the current economic climate, mean major challenges for us, for our residents and partners in the years ahead.

We will be setting up a new Individual and Community Empowerment Service (ICE). ICE will invest in neighbourhoods at a time when other organisations may have to reduce their spend on neighbourhood and community services. We want to make a real difference in our communities and invest more in supporting neighbourhoods so they are places where people want to live and stay.

We will also build on our position as a major developer of new affordable homes for rent and sale. Our aim is to develop 1500 new homes in Somerset and the West of England in the next five years.

We are speaking to all staff and to the residents who will be affected. We understand that change is never easy and we will be working hard to make sure a smooth transition when the time comes.

By acting now and making these changes in a planned way over the next two years we will make sure were able to continue building and sustaining strong communities and doing what matters most to our residents.

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