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A housing developer jointly owned by IKEA has gained planning consent for its first housing development in the UK.

Bristol councillors gave unanimous approval of plans by BoKlok UK Ltd, the sustainable, quality, and low-cost home provider jointly owned by Skanska, to provide 173 homes at Airport Road. 

The new homes, which arrive in kit form for assembly on-site, will be available for market sale as well as support social housing schemes by Bristol City Council and local housing associations.

Graeme Culliton, BoKlok UK managing director and country manager, said: “We are delighted that we are able to bring forward our first project in the UK. On Wednesday 24 June, Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved resolution to grant planning consent for new BoKlok homes at Airport Road, Bristol.

“We particularly welcome the councillors’ positive comments on the family and child friendly design of our development, as well as their recognition that we strive to build inclusive communities.

“Throughout the evolution of this project we have partnered with the local community, Bristol City Council, and the Bristol Housing Festival to create quality, sustainable homes at a lower price. We continue to work with the planning officers to ensure that the proposed cycleway is safe for pedestrians and cyclists as they travel alongside our development.”

BoKlok’s first homes are expected to complete in 2021.

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