Municipal Housing Trust celebrates first birthday with 129 new homes

By on 12/01/2010 in News

Builders across four sites in Birmingham have geared up to deliver 129 new council homes by March 2011, starting work well ahead of the government's deadline.

Elaine Elikington, Cllr John Lines andWorking closely with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in the West Midlands, Birmingham City Council is the first council in the region out of the starting blocks in delivering new council homes.

Construction started on the first anniversary of the announcement of the formation of the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust last year.  The Trust is leading the most ambitious programme of new council building to be seen in Birmingham for three decades.

Provision of new housing is a top priority with £8.3m being invested by Birmingham City Council, in addition to its own land holdings of over 6 acres.  £6.8m is also being invested by the HCA, through its National Affordable Housing Programme. 

A formal launch ceremony led by Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing at Brooklea Grove, Kings Norton. Residents and partner agencies also attended. 

43 new family homes are due to be constructed on the Brooklea Grove site, with a further 86 to be built on council-owned sites at Hodge Hill, Sparkbrook and Handsworth.

The new homes will showcase exceptional design and energy efficiency,  reduce running costs and energy bills for residents. All homes will also achieve high security standards, having met the stringent Secure by Design criteria as well as high design and environmental standards.

The new homes will be built by construction companies Frank Haslam Milan and Lovell Partnerships and will create apprenticeship opportunities for young people to develop new skills with on the job training.7560

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “I am proud to be leading our city's housing, not only providing homes for people but also creating jobs. This is great news for Birmingham and particularly our economy and the local construction industry. Not only will this scheme create homes, but it will help create apprenticeships for young people. We are in a recession but that will not hinder our progress to deliver the affordable homes that this city needs.”

Paul Spooner, Regional Director of the Homes and Community Agency, said; “This is a real milestone for Birmingham and the HCA is delighted to be investing in the delivery of these much-needed affordable homes for the communities of Birmingham”.

Maureen Inger, Chair of the City Housing Liaison Board added: “Tenants will welcome this wonderful start to the New Year.  In these days of bad news, this development is a positive benefit to tenants and is providing homes for today and the future.”

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

Notes to editors

Site breakdown
Kings Norton:  43 homes
Hodge Hill:    36 homes
Sparkbrook:    33 homes
Handsworth:   17 homes

About the HCA
The Homes and Communities Agency is the single, national housing and regeneration agency for England. Our vision is about creating opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford, in places they want to live and for local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.

This will be achieved by:
Acting as the bridge between national targets and local ambitions, with a strong regional presence
Through a process of ‘single conversations’ with local authorities, RDAs and sub regional partnerships
Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders
Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities.
The HCA brings together English Partnerships, investment functions of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities, with major delivery programmes of Communities and Local Government.

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  1. Bev says:

    At last, The Council recognises that to tackle the housing crisis is to build new homes. I have been on the Council’s waiting list for 15 years. Even though I am also interested in Shared Ownership, I have not been offered any accommodation by the Council or Housing Association due to high demand for residential properties. Lets hope this is the start of future projects in the future.

    Bev, West Heath

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