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Autumn Star Builders 

With over 15,000 home built since 2012 and a further 19,000 due to be delivered in the next five years, PlaceShapers members in the East Midlands are doing their bit to help end the UK’s housing crisis.

The 12 East Midlands members collectively delivered 3,283 last year and are on track to build a further 3,647 this this year. Across the region, members are doing their bit to show that We Build.

Accord Housing Association is looking to create a state-of-the-art centre of excellence for people with dementia in Fradley near Lichfield. A site has been acquired and the planning application has been submitted for the proposed multi-million pound flagship centre which will see care provided within six households, each with a communal kitchen, dining area, lounge and access to gardens and outdoor space.

Accord also won the “Best Social/Affordable Housing Development” award for their Woden Road development in Wolverhampton at the Built In Quality Awards which aim to celebrate, promote and reward excellent work in construction. The £15m development of 112 homes for affordable rent was part-funded with £2.75m grant from Homes England.

Bromford has secured a deal with national housebuilder Persimmon to build 56 new affordable homes at Canonbury Rise in Berkeley, close to the historic Berkeley Castle. The new homes are the first to be secured in Gloucestershire since the beginning of the Bromford and Merlin partnership with Merlin which began earlier in the summer. Over the next ten years Bromford aims to build 14,000 homes, with around half of them in Gloucestershire. The site will consist of two and three bedroom homes, with half of them being sold through shared ownership.

Elsewhere, Local MP Nicky Morgan (pictured with emh CEO Chan Kataria) recently opened Waterside Court, the second extra care scheme developed by emh group in Leicestershire, calling it “a calm oasis for the older people of Loughborough”. On the site of a former bus depot, the scheme contains 62 self-contained apartments for rent for people aged 55 and over with care and support needs, and a range of facilities to promote independent living - including an arts and crafts room, cinema, hairdresser, microshop, and wheelchair-friendly gardens – all of which are accessible to the public to create strong links with the local community. The £15.6m development also includes 20 homes for affordable rent, and 14 shared ownership properties.

Futures Housing Group has celebrated the mining heritage of a Derbyshire village with a multi-million pound development providing 58 new homes. The former site of some of the area’s oldest mines on Greenhill Lane in Leabrooks will once again teem with life as The Oakes development opens in Spring next year and includes two, three and four-bedroom homes suitable for couples, families and individuals looking to live in a village setting with easy access to local amenities.

Marcus Keys, Futures’ Business Growth and Transformation Director, said: “This area of Derbyshire has a rich mining heritage that we want to celebrate while bringing a disused site back into use for future generations.

Grand Union Housing Group has been given the green light to build their single largest development to date. Britannia Gate, which is being built on the old Iron Works site opposite Bedford Hospital, will be made up 49 apartments for a mixture of market rent, shared ownership and supported living.

Grand Union worked closely with Bedford Borough Council to secure the site, which is close to the town centre, benefiting from local facilities and leisure opportunities along the Great River Ouse. Aileen Evans, Grand Union’s Chief Executive (pictured right), said: “This site represents our ambition to build more much needed housing. In the next five years we are going to continue to build more as part of our plans to spend over £230million on 1,800 new homes.”

Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Councillor Raj Mehta unveiled Trident Group’s new housing development in Telford at a community day held in Oakengates town centre. The £7.5 million development is made up of 61 homes, ranging from bungalows, apartments and family homes.

Councillor Raj Mehta, said, “It is wonderful to see Trident Group continue to shape this Telford and I hope to see them grow further in years to come.”

Data comes from the PlaceShapers’ We Build campaign, which highlights that the national network of more than 100 community-focused housing associations will build 152,000 homes by 2027. 

PlaceShapers’ East Midlands members:

Accord Housing Group
Bournville Village Trust
East Midlands Housing Group
Futures Housing Group
Grand Union Housing Group
Pioneer Group
Rooftop Housing
Trent & Dove Housing
Trident Housing Group
Wellingborough Homes

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