26 new affordable family homes for Ingoldsby estate

By on 20/08/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council is to deliver 26 new affordable family homes on the Ingoldsby estate, Northfield, which has long been identified as a priority area for regeneration.

The council plans to start construction of the homes this autumn and expects to have the homes complete within a year, by autumn 2011. 

The development will include a range of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bed family homes and will showcase exceptional design, space standards and energy efficiency. The homes will be for social rent.

The homes will be delivered by the council's Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, which started construction on 293 new homes earlier this year, as part of £32 million house building scheme.

The additional homes in Ingoldsby take the total number of homes being delivered by the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust this year alone to 319, with the council well on its way to meet its ambitions to deliver up to 500 new homes per year.

In an attempt to move towards greener, safer and more attractive homes, all 26 properties will be designed to the highest standards possible with all homes achieving Code For Sustainable Homes Level 4. Residents are set to benefit through reduced running costs and energy bills.

Training and employment opportunities will be created through jobs and apprenticeships, which will help tackle unemployment within the city, particularly amongst younger people.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I'm delighted that we can now deliver 26 new family homes in Ingoldsby. I am grateful for the support of local Councillor Tim Huxtable in bringing this to fruition.”

The Council's Cabinet approved the full business case for development of the council homes through the Council's Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust on 26 July 2010. Planning approval for development of homes on the site was secured in March 2010.

The Council will now appoint construction partners to deliver the scheme.

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Notes to editors
1. The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust was set up by the Council in January 2009 as a means for providing new homes outside housing subsidy regulations. Leading the way in terms of providing new housing in the West Midlands region, the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust promotes housing nationally and with the government.
2. The Code is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable. The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against nine categories of sustainable design, rating the ‘whole home’ as a complete package. The Code uses a one to six star rating system to communicate the overall sustainability performance of a new home. The Code sets minimum standards for energy and water use at each level and, within England, replaces the EcoHomes scheme, developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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