Birmingham City Council tenants have expressed their delight after moving in to new council homes, as the council and affordable housebuilder Lovell officially handed over 17 new family homes in Handsworth.
The completed scheme marks the first new council homes to be built in the city for 30 years and form part of the first phase of the council’s ambitious house building programme, which is currently in the process of delivering over 600 new homes through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.
Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing and Elaine Elkington, Strategic Director of Housing and Strategy at Birmingham City Council congratulated tenants on their new homes.
New tenants Mr and Mrs Kibron accepted flowers on behalf of the new tenants from representatives from Lovell to celebrate the occasion. Mr and Mrs Kibron live with their three children and have moved from a first floor flat in Handsworth. Their new home is designed to meet the needs of Mr Kibron who is a wheelchair user and could only get down the stairs of his old home with support.
Councillor John Lines said: “I am delighted that we have completed our first new build council housing scheme and that local people are already enjoying living in them. Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust homes have been built to high quality and design standards, and also advanced environmental standards that will mean lower running costs for residents. Hundreds more homes are due to be complete in the near future.
“It also means the tenants’ old homes are now freed up for other families so we are easing overcrowding.”
David Gough, Lovell Regional Director, said: “It was important to mark such a significant event for Birmingham and its people so we were delighted both to invite Councillor John Lines and Elaine Elkington to accept the key from us and also to share the celebration with the first new council house residents. Local support for these schemes has been fantastic so we are pleased to be able to deliver them on time and to the highest standard.”
Lovell is also due to complete a further phase 1 scheme in the coming weeks, a £2.7 million scheme at Pershore Road, comprising 33 properties (2, 3 and 4-bed houses and 2-bed apartments).
Birmingham City Council’s house building plans represent Birmingham’s first major council house building programme in almost three decades. The second phase of building is well under way and the third phase imminent.
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