Newtown new homes development

By on 08/07/2011 in News

Newtown's north east side will undergo major improvements by becoming the development site for new council houses and a community public square. This summer Birmingham City Council and partners will begin construction work in the inner-city plot creating 92 new homes. 

The houses will complement a new public square placed at the heart of the development, which will provide a flexible and safe neighbourhood space. All houses within the development will be built to an environmentally friendly brief, helping future residents to save energy and money on their bills.  The new properties will be built on Gower Street, Alma Way and Wheeler Street.  All three sites and the public square are expected to be complete by spring 2013. 

The total cost of the scheme is in excess of £3.6 million, of which Urban Living has invested £1.7 million and the council £1.9 million, through prudential borrowing.  The housing development project will see the council receive 32 properties for rent and 60 properties for outright sale as part of an agreement with Keepmoat Ltd.  All council houses will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties. 

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, said: “Once again, I'm in the proud position of being able to announce more new council homes to be built in Birmingham.  It gives me great pleasure to know our scheme will not only create homes for families, but will also complement three new schools and a state of the art youth facility. 
The council continues with its good work and will keep making a huge difference to peoples lives through housing regeneration.”

Elaine Elkington, Strategic Director for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “I am delighted this scheme is going ahead as it honours our commitment to the residents of Newtown following the formal ending of funding for Urban Living Pathfinder in March. It is important that the physical progress is seen to continue and will inspire confidence in Newtown as a place to live and work.”

Fraser Mercer, Managing Director, at Frank Haslam Milan, said:” We are thrilled to be working alongside Birmingham City Council on another Newtown project, the regeneration of this area will make a real difference to the community.  FHM look forward to cementing our presence within Newtown by continuing to work closely with the community”

The new development is a joint venture between Birmingham City Council, Urban Living,Frank Haslam Milan and Keepmoat Homes and is supported by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).  The houses will be developed by the council's Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

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