Lozells heritage recognised in new housing development

By on 16/07/2013 in Cllr Ali, News
Left to right: Cllr Mahmood Hussain, local councillor and Perry Barr District committee chair; Canon Jemima Prasadam, St Paul and St Silas Church, community representative; Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for Development, Jobs and Skills and Sam Cobourne, chair of Lozells and East Handsworth Housing Liaison Board.

Left to right: Cllr Mahmood Hussain, local councillor and Perry Barr District committee chair; Canon Jemima Prasadam, St Paul and St Silas Church, community representative; Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for Development, Jobs and Skills and Sam Cobourne, chair of Lozells and East Handsworth Housing Liaison Board.

Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Development, Jobs and Skills, Cllr Tahir Ali, joined local residents and community representatives in celebrating the practical completion and first viewing of new houses built for rent for the City Council at Button Close in Lozells last Thursday.

Cllr Ali also unveiled a bespoke stone plaque which will be set into one of the houses.  The plaque incorporates pearl offcuts which were found when digging the foundations and are believed to have come from a pearl button factory which used to be on the site.

Contractors Galliford Try, the Homes and Community Agency and representatives from Capita Symonds, BM3 architecture, JTP Architects along with the Chair of the local Housing Liaison Board were all present.

The development at Georges Park of 30 new family houses, 16 for rent and 14 for sale, is part of the third phase of the City Council's new build housing programme.

Around 400 properties for rent have been built by the City Council under the programme since 2011 with around 500 more in the pipeline.  In addition, to date 250 properties have been built for sale with another 550 sales planned.

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