Shard End: First phase of new homes complete

By on 22/09/2011 in News

The first of a four phase partnership housing scheme in Shard End has created 34 new homes for residents of Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council has worked collaboratively with Barratt West Midlands, national affordable housing provider Affinity Sutton, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Stoford Retail to secure funding for the project. 

Local people will benefit two-fold from the £27 million housing scheme, which will deliver new homes and a shopping parade to replace the previous poor quality accommodation.  New local amenities including a library, supermarket, post office, chemist and other independent shops, will add convenience for local people.

The mixed-tenure homes (to rent or buy) are being built to an environmentally friendly brief, which will help future residents to save energy and money on their bills.  Twenty six of the homes being built will be shared ownership homes to buy, with eight for rent through the City Council's affordable housing partner Affinity Sutton. 

New family-sized properties will include larger four-bed family homes.  These replace smaller poor quality properties.  All homes will be complete by December 2013 and the parade of shops by November this year. The new houses are the first of a four phase project, which in total, will create 191 new homes.

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, said: “Once again, I'm in the position to be able to announce good news about creating new homes. 

“The houses and shops in Shard End will be a huge boost for local people, helping to create community spirit amongst those that live there.I'd like to take this opportunity to I thank staff and our partners for their efforts in this latest transformation, which will change peoples lives and their neighbourhood.”

To deliver this scheme the HCA provided £4.8 million towards the project, with £1 million from Birmingham City Council and £150,000 from the City Housing Partnership through the Working Neighbourhoods Fund.  The bulk of the investment, £21 million, has been invested by Barratt West Midlands.

Paul Spooner, Executive Director for the HCA Midlands, said: “We are delighted that HCA investment has enabled the completion of this first phase of homes.  It is a massive boost to the community of Shard End - improving access to high quality affordable housing and creating local jobs.”

Adrian Farr, Managing Director for Barratt West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to see the first homes at our Crescent development now complete and occupied.  Already local people can see a transformation in the area and better still the project has generated some 50 new jobs for local people including two apprentices.

“From the start, the Shard End scheme has been about more than just fulfilling housing needs, is one of a number of projects we are working on that have local people at its heart.”

Phil Griffiths, Regional Development Director for Affinity Sutton, said: “As a business for social purpose we are committed to building much-needed well designed affordable new homes and helping people put down roots.  We're delighted to be working on this exciting regeneration project with our partners which will help transform Shard End for the future.”

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For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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