Council to build new houses in Saltley

By on 17/06/2011 in News

New homes for council tenants are underway in Saltley as Birmingham City Council and partners begin construction work this summer on three plots of land resulting in 61 new homes.

A partnership of Birmingham City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Keepmoat Homes will see a mixed tenure development of 61 homes, 19 of which will be council houses.  This is the second phase of development at Saltley, over the last 12 months the Council has developed 36 new homes in this area.

The Saltley Public Land Initiative scheme will see houses built with exceptional design and energy efficiency in mind.  All properties will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, which will benefit residents by reducing running costs and energy bills.

New homes will be built in Clodeshall, Couchman and Parkfield Road.  Work is expected to begin at the end of July 2011 with completion in September 2012.

The total cost of the scheme is £7.03 million, of which the HCA invested £1.7m.

The Council will receive 19 properties for rent as part of the deal and all of the new Council homes will be family sized accommodation – large four and five bedroom houses.  Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, was joined by representatives from the HCA and house builder Keepmoat Homes at the plot in inner-city Birmingham.

Cllr John Lines said: “Despite the economic climate, Birmingham is still building social housing which is a testament to our dedication to provide high quality homes in the city.  I look forward to welcoming new families into these new properties early next year.”

Alan Bishop, investment & regeneration manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “ The development at Saltley forms part of our Local Land Initiative with Birmingham City Council, which brings forward public sector owned land to accelerate the development of new homes.  The HCA has invested £1.7m at Saltley and Birmingham City Council has contributed its land to develop high standard, energy efficient homes for sale and rent.  Keepmoat Homes were appointed through HCA's pre-approved Delivery Partner Panel, which considerably speeded up the procurement process.”

Eamonn McInerney, Sales Manager at Keepmoat Homes Midlands, said:  “It is extremely rewarding to see this scheme come to fruition.  By working in partnership with the HCA and Birmingham City Council, we are helping to address the housing needs of the area.”

The homes will be developed by the council's Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.


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

Notes to editors:  Keepmoat Homes' origins lie with small, family companies founded in Yorkshire in the 1920s and 30s which have grown to become the Keepmoat Group, a construction and regeneration specialist with an annual turnover of more than £680 million.

Despite this huge growth and change, our values have not changed; a commitment to quality, a belief in the ability to make a difference and the desire to be the very best at what we do.

We build in Yorkshire, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, working closely with government agencies, local authorities and other partners to deliver high quality, sustainable homes for rent and shared ownership. 

But we don't just deal in bricks and mortar; we also invest in local communities by providing job and training opportunities; and in local initiatives to create neighbourhoods in which people choose to live and work.

For more information about Keepmoat Homes Midlands please call Tel: 01675 461661  offices open Thursday to Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm or call Tel: 0191 414 7598.  You can now follow Keepmoat Homes on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook or keep up to date with our news and developments via our website.

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