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£3bn pledge to deliver 50,000 affordable homes

19th November 2015

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has today pledged to invest £3 billion to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes over the next five years. The new target is a 67% increase in affordable housing supply with 70% of the new target being for social rent. The extra homes are expected to support, on average, around 20,000 jobs per year and generate in excess of £10 billion in economic activity over the course of the Parliament. The commitment comes the day after the Scottish Government ann...

Preferred developer appointed for major regeneration project

18th November 2015

The City of Cardiff Council has announced the appointment of a developer to help deliver its plan of building up to 1,500 new homes in the city over the next 10 years through its Housing Partnership Programme.  Following the completion of a highly competitive, high-quality procurement process managed by the council’s partner adviser Bilfinger GVA, Wates Living Space has been successful in its bid to work with the council to deliver sustainable, mixed tenure homes to tackle the growing h...

Development partner sought for £2bn Haringey development

11th November 2015

A development partner for one of London’s biggest partnerships will be sought by Haringey Council to drive forward plans for at least 5,000 new homes and create further jobs on its land in the borough. The council will launch a major procurement exercise early next year to seek a partner to work on regeneration schemes to potentially unlock more than £2bn of development value on more than 20 sites across Haringey – including housing estates, brownfield land and commercial plots. T...

Major regeneration project for Hackbridge site

10th November 2015

Redevelopment of a former Sutton industrial site has been warmly welcomed by Sutton Council. Asset management company Schroder Real Estate (Schroders), which owns the Hackbridge site, and house builder Barratt Homes are working together to redevelop the 7.7-hectare site. The Felnex site is part of Sutton Council’s Sutton One Housing Zone, which in July was approved by the mayor of London as one of the capital’s 20 housing zones. A mix of family homes and affordable homes will b...

BCHA selects Capita for asset and development management partnership

2nd November 2015

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) has created an asset and development management partnership with Capita’s property and infrastructure business. The deal will see the two work together to improve and strengthen the asset base through targeted investment and increased efficiency over the next five years. The deal is worth £4m, with an additional gain share element related to realised efficiencies. BCHA – which owns and manages over 2,000 homes across the South West &...

New sites identified for extra care housing in Manchester

2nd November 2015

Manchester City Council’s executive is set to approve an additional four sites for the development of Extra Care Retirement Housing across the city at a meeting next week. The four proposed sites are in Bellamy Court, Gorton; Withington Road, Fallowfield; Oakwood Lodge, Northenden; and Millwright Street in Miles Platting/Newton Heath. Extra care retirement housing aims to meet the growing demand from older people with housing support and care needs for the opportunity to retain their ind...

£39m retirement village opens in Bournville

2nd November 2015

More than 300 older people will soon be moving into a £39 million retirement village, thanks to a forward looking partnership between Birmingham City Council, the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Bournville Village Trust and The Homes and Communities Agency. Bournville Gardens Village is the fourth village to be completed as part of a five-village strategy between Birmingham City Council and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood Mmnagement and ...

North West Bicester heads in the right direction

30th October 2015

Outline planning permission has been granted for the next stage of the UK’s most sustainable housing development based at North West Bicester. Yesterday (Thursday) members of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee approved an outline application by A2Dominion South Limited for 900 homes and supporting facilities at land adjacent to Howes Lane and south west of Avonbury Business Park. In addition to the homes the application will also provide primary and secondary schools as well ...

Extra care housing opens in Tooting

30th October 2015

A new extra care housing development has been officially opened in Tooting, offering 45 apartments specially designed to help vulnerable older people retain their independence. The new Ensham House scheme on Franciscan Road is the result of a partnership agreement between Wandsworth Council and Viridian Housing. Every new home is being offered to existing borough residents with most of the flats now occupied. Each property is fully self-contained, with its own front door, round the clock on-sit...

Cabinet members meets local family in Waltham Forest

30th October 2015

Waltham Forest’s cabinet members for housing, Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, and Cllr Gerry Lyons visited a young family in their recently purchased home in Chingford this week. The three bedroom house, part of a wider development of six shared ownership properties and one affordable rent home, was built and sold by housing association East Thames through their shared ownership scheme.

 Shared ownership is designed for first-time buyers who are able to raise a mortgage but are unable to afford the...