City Council and Kier launch new housing development

By on 12/07/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council's Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) in partnership with Kier Partnership Homes (KPH) hosted a special event to promote Balaam Wood - the first phase of an exciting development of two, three and four-bedroom homes at Tessall Lane, Northfield, Birmingham.

The new homes mark the beginning of the regeneration of the Egghill area, which will see around 500 new high-specification homes and a new neighbourhood park.  Properties are available from £131,995 with 95% funding available (subject to status and qualifying conditions).

The event was opened by Cllr John Lines, the Cabinet Member for Housing for Birmingham City Council (BCC).  Cllr Lines was given a guided tour of the show homes, with interior work by Vogue Interiors of Birmingham.  Also in attendance was Dawn Turner, a volunteer from KPH's nominated charity, Help For Heroes*. 

Cllr Lines and Ms Turner marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Other visitors on site included Kier Partnership Homes' managing director Chris King and Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) area manager David Rhead.

In his opening speech, Cllr Lines said: “The Balaam Wood development is the first of our housing initiatives to provide new family homes for both sale and rent.  It signifies our commitment to working with our partner Kier Partnership Homes to build sustainable communities, where people choose to live.

“I am also pleased to announce that Kier Partnership Homes is providing 15 employment and training opportunities for local people, particularly our younger people, which is an age group that needs our support.”

Chris King added: “These houses have been delivered in a new way and we are all learning the best ways to make things happen. It has been a pleasure to work with partners who are willing to face these new challenges head on and find solutions to obstacles. We are very proud of the size and quality of these new homes; they are incredible value for money.”

David Rhead concluded: “We are really pleased our investment is enabling the council and Kier to make good progress on the regeneration of Egghill. This latest phase is a massive boost to the local community, providing very high-quality homes for Birmingham.”

The Balaam Wood housing development has been partly financed by a grant from the HCA, and is part of a wider Birmingham regeneration scheme to create homes and communities.  The new houses showcase exceptional design, space standards and energy efficiency, as well as high-security measures which meet stringent Secure by Design criteria.

Each development also creates training and employment opportunities through jobs and apprenticeships, to help tackle unemployment within the city, particularly among younger people.

The Balaam Wood marketing suite and show homes are open Thursday to Monday, 10am – 5pm. For further information please call 0845 652 2476.  Alternatively, telephone the Sales Hotline on 0800 285 1082.

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For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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