East region on track to complete 20,000 homes by 2022
Placeshapers members in the East of England are on track to deliver a total of 20,530 homes in 10 years. The 13 housing associations who form the east Placeshapers area are set to deliver 2,716 new homes in 2018/19 alone and are collectively expected to hand over the keys to 11,599 new homes during the next four years - in addition to 8,931 homes they have built since 2012.
That’s an average of five and a half new homes a day, every single day for a decade.
Claire Higgins, Chief Executive at Cross Keys Homes and Placeshapers board member, (pictured right) said: “With projects ranging from city-centre brownfield regeneration schemes to sympathetic rural builds, the homes will be available as a range of tenures including affordable rent and shared ownership, built to make life a little easier for the thousands of people living in the region looking for a suitable home. The affordable homes should help reduce housing waiting lists in Local Authority areas throughout the region while shared ownership options are helping others to get a foot on the housing ladder.”
Among the long-list of projects is a Cross Keys Homes (CKH) development in Huntingdonshire. CKH will provide 184 homes for affordable rent and a further 79 homes available for shared ownership at Bearscroft Farm as part of the sizable development in Godmanchester.
CHP will provide 66 homes for affordable rent on the former Delfords factory site in Dovercourt, Essex. The site has been derelict for a number of years, had been the focus of anti-social behaviour and was considered an area in need of regeneration by the local community.
Freebridge Community Housing has just finished developing a scheme in a Norfolk village which sees four new homes constructed within the building of a long-closed public-house and a project in the town-centre of King's Lynn which will see eight flats for rent and two commercial units developed.
Watford Community Housing is embarking on its largest development to date, which will deliver 133 new homes on The Meriden in Garston, alongside an expanded community hub, a new parade of shops and brand new green spaces for local residents.
Saffron Housing Trust has recently celebrated the opening of new affordable homes in Dickleburgh. The development was designed and built with local housing need in mind, with all new residents coming from the local area.
Greenfields’ projects include providing 112 homes as part of the redevelopment of the former Severalls Hospital site in Colchester, Essex. Greenfields are delivering 89 homes for affordable rent and 24 shared ownership properties in partnership with three developers.
Colne is progressing new homes across seven local authority areas. Currently building 22 affordable rented rural homes in Halstead and a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent in Axial Way, Colchester. They are also building a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent at rural land next to the famous Wilkin and Son in Tiptree.
Longhurst Group is regenerating the site of a former school in Bretton Woods, Peterborough to create 68 new homes. The £7.6m development will comprise homes for affordable rent, shared ownership, market rent and outright sale. The project began in July 2017 and is due for completion in February 2019.
Suffolk-based Havebury Housing Partnership recently completed a new development in the market town of Haverhill. William Blake Court, previously a sheltered scheme considered unfit for purpose, was redeveloped and now provides 15 homes for affordable rent. The new one and two-bedroom homes were designed with wet rooms on the ground floor to provide a long-term solution for older tenants.
Broadland Housing Group have started a 323 apartment project in the city centre of Norwich while also continuing to deliver much needed rural housing, on five separate sites in North Norfolk.
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 members:
Broadland Housing Association
Chelmer Housing Partnership
Cross Keys Homes
Freebridge Community Housing
Greenfields Community Housing
Havebury Housing Partnership
Hightown Housing Association
Saffron Housing Trust
Suffolk Housing Society
Victory Housing Trust
Watford Community Housing