City Leader unveils new family homes
Local residents enjoyed a visit from leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, to celebrate the opening of some much needed, affordable, family homes in Nechells, Birmingham.
Leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart, Birmingham City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Thomas Vale Construction; worked in partnership to redevelop the industrial site on Crompton Road.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: "This community is really coming to life, our partnership working has made a difference to the area and local people."
The £3.1million development consists of 33, two, three and four bedroom family homes and is one of the first sites to be developed with funding from the HCA.
Carl Larter, Director of Assets for Midland Heart, said: "This is the first of a long list of developments that will see Midland Heart deliver 2,120 homes by 2015, and we are very proud to be leading on a project that will have such an impact during this economic climate."
Customers have been moving in to the site over the past month and it is now fully let and leased at affordable rent.
David Rhead from the HCA commented: "We welcome the Affordable Housing Programme and working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Midland Heart to support families and local communities in Birmingham."
Sir Albert Bore joined guests on a tour of the development and met customers who had recently moved in.
Sue Calder, One of the Crompton Road residents said: "Its great living here and it was lovely meeting Sir Albert Bore. We were all living in a two bed flat before here and the change in the kids has been amazing. We are so thankful for this opportunity; it has made such a difference to our family."
Glenn Schofield, Housing Director at Thomas Vale added: "For the last 3 years we have witnessed growing instability in the housing market, and the wider economy. The unlocking of funding for new developments has the added benefit of supporting local employment and safeguarding jobs with our loyal supply chain. We are passionately committed to providing new sustainable communities for local people."
"As an industry and as a region, we are now starting to see some fantastic projects being unlocked for development. The city needs new housing to ensure that growing demand for affordable housing is met."
In May 2012, Birmingham City Council became the third local authority - and the first outside London - to sign a contract under the Homes and Communities Agency's £1.8billion affordable homes programme.