£5.4m investment brings additional new council homes for Birmingham

By on 11/01/2010 in News

Homes and Communities Agency grant will see another 101 new local authority homes start being built in Birmingham this year, following the agency's announcement of Local Authority New Build (LANB) grant monies today.

Announced by Housing Minister John Healey, £5.4m has been allocated to Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) schemes in five areas of the city in round two of the LANB programme - one of the largest allocations to any local authority in the country. 

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “We are delighted that once again the government and HCA have shown confidence and trust in Birmingham City Council and recognized our ability to build new affordable homes for our people.

These new homes will provide homes for rent and sale and will showcase exceptional design and energy efficiency which will reduce running costs and energy bills for residents.”

This is in addition to Birmingham's successful round one bid in September, which started on site just last week, taking the total number of new local authority homes being built in the city through HCA investment this year up to 230.

West Midlands HCA Director, Paul Spooner said; “This is fantastic news for the city and its residents.  Birmingham has faired very well in both rounds of LANB, reflecting their appetite to lead the region on affordable housing supply.

“Their success is also testament to the strong partnership working between the Council and HCA and our ability to work together to secure investment and deliver for the communities in the city.”
Communities set to benefit from today's injection of funding are in Newtown, Ley Hill, Ladywood, Saltley and Longbridge, and the 101 new homes are set to start on site in March this year. 

As well as new homes, the Council will also be delivering apprenticeships through the schemes for local residents and all homes built will be to high energy efficiency standards meeting Level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes. 


Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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