Council starts construction on 164 family homes

By on 01/04/2010 in News

For the first time Birmingham City Council has started building family homes for sale, with social rent,  side by side.

Local residents recently celebrated the hand over of the first site to development company Kier. 58 new homes will be built on this site at Egg Hill, Northfield.

Other developers include Keep Moat and Lovells across sites in Northfield, Ladywood, Handsworth and Saltley. Homes for sale will be available in 2011/12.

These mixed tenure developments will present excellent housing choices for Birmingham's families. As part of the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, Phase 2, builders across eight sites have geared up to deliver 101 new, high quality, affordable homes for social rent, and an additional 63 homes for sale.

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

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

The new family homes will be built on council owned land, with a further investment of £5.4 million, which the council has secured from the HCA.

Elaine Elkington, Strategic Director of Housing and Constituencies said, “This initiative will help private developers such as Kier to continue to operate in the current economic downturn, retaining construction skills and offering job opportunities.”

“We are delighted to finally start development at Egghill, a site previously stalled because of the economic downturn.” 

Dennis Seals, Director of Development and Affordable Housing at Kier Partnership Homes, said, “Kier is delighted to be working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, HCA, Capita Symonds and the wider community in the delivery of this exciting and innovative project, which will result in the delivery of not only 58 environmentally friendly houses but more importantly, the delivery of a truly sustainable community in every sense of the word.

“We greatly look forward to developing a long-term partnership with Birmingham City Council on this and future housing schemes and to actively assist Birmingham in meeting their housing development targets over coming years.'

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

Notes to editors
1. The council's Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust was set up in January 2009 as a means for providing new council homes outside the current housing subsidy regulations, allowing the Trust to directly secure funds from government body HCA.

2. 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.

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  1. Gaynor McManus says:

    I think this is a brilliant idea – i am 26 and have been on the council list for 6 years but because i am working and have no children i cannot get a council property – How can i apply for one of these houses to rent or possibly buy?

    • Housing Response says:

      Dear Miss McManus,

      Thank you for your comment regarding the Birmingham Municipal Trust. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to it. At present, there is no list for these particular properties. However, as a customer who is already registered, you are able to access suitably sized accommodation through our Choice Based Lettings scheme called Birmingham Home Choice. We advertise our vacant properties each week via our website, http://www.birminghamhomechoice.org.uk. As a customer who was registered before January 2010, your details have automatically been transferred to the scheme.

      You should have received details of your User ID and PIN in the post. If you don’t have these, please contact our help line on 0121 675 5779, where you can also get more information about the scheme. Alternatively, you can visit your local Neighbourhood Office, where they can check that your application details are correct and give you some advice on Birmingham Home Choice.

      Customers in your position have been successful using the scheme, so I would urge you to start using it if you have not done so already. Our website contains lots of useful information about the scheme, as well as some history of our previous lettings so that you can make a more informed decision on where to place your bids, based on the number of points that you have.

      If you need some more information, please contact us on the number above, or visit your Neighbourhood Office. Alternatively you can email us at CBLenquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

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