New Northfield homes: council continues building houses

By on 07/03/2012 in News

In Northfield, Birmingham, the halfway stage has been reached in the 26 house building development under the city council's award winning house building scheme - the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) with four more new homes unveiled today.

The 12 properties in the south of the city will be located on Ingoldsby and Overbury Road.  The Northfield housing development is part of the local authority's big house building push, currently over 1,300 council houses are in various stages of completion.

New resident of Overbury Road, Kerry Hitchens, said: “I'm really happy about moving into my new house, in fact, I'm not sure who's more excited about the news, me, or my three year-old-daughter.  I've moved from a two bedroom flat to a house, so for the first time in years my daughter will have a garden to play in - which is great.  I'm looking forward to getting settled into my new home.”

All houses within the development are built to a high quality spec, are modern, spacious and include environmentally friendly features which will help residents to save energy and money on their bills. The rest of the new homes are due for completion within four weeks.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It gives me great pleasure to see the completion of more new, quality, council family homes.  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 welcome the families into their new properties.  I'm sure they will be very happy in their new homes.”

The homes have been built in a City Council identified priority area for regeneration.  The council has worked with local residents over a number of years to agree selected demolition of unpopular properties and also improved their existing stock under the Decent Homes programme.  To continue the regeneration initiative the local authority has invested a further £2.6m to deliver much needed two – five bedroom houses for rent, which have been built without the assistance of external funding.

The housing development is an example of working in partnership with house builders Lovell.

David Gough, Lovell Regional Director, commented: “Every single home we build is another important step in Birmingham City Council's commitment to building new council houses for people in the city. Being based in Birmingham ourselves; it gives us great pride to be involved in building these new homes, not only here but in projects across the city. I hope the families enjoy being comfortable, warm and safe in their smart new homes.”

Lovell has also created opportunities for local apprentices to work on the development.  The house builder continues to work with local companies wherever possible.

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For media enquiries only contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.  For any other city council enquires call 0121 303 1111.

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