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Much-needed new homes, jobs and training opportunities are being created in Telford as part of an ambitious £11 million project by Sanctuary Group.
The housing and care provider is developing 86 extra care apartments for over 55s as well as 12 apartments specially designed for people with learning difficulties, in the suburb of Ketley.
A 500-strong workforce has begun work on the Ketley Park Road site as part of a £60 million partnership with contractor Seddon to build more than 700 new homes in the Midlands.
Local suppliers will be used wherever possible on the development and there will be grants available for local community projects.
Andrew White, Sanctuary’s Development Director, said: “This is an ambitious project which will create much needed homes for older people in this part of Ketley. Sanctuary is dedicated to creating new jobs and apprentice posts at all our developments and this site is no different.”
Councillor Hilda Rhodes, Telford and Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Customer Services, marked the start of work on site during a special sod cutting ceremony.
She said: “This is an excellent scheme which very much reflects the council’s drive to support businesses and I was delighted to kick start the work on the site. I look forward to seeing the projects develop in the months to come.”
Ian Calder from Seddon said: “We’re delighted to be creating apprentice training opportunities through this important housing scheme. Boosting local economies by providing new jobs and training is a central feature of our work with Sanctuary.”
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has granted £70 million to local authorities, housing associations and other home providers in the UK to bring empty properties back into use. This will deliver more than 5,600 new affordable homes, boosting the building construction industry and creating new jobs.
The £70 million investment will fund the refurbishment of properties which have been standing empty for a minimum period of 6 months. There are currently 700,000 empty homes in the UK that are not in use. The Empty Homes Programme, which is part of the HCA’s main Affordable Homes Programme 2011-15, will bring a considerable number of those homes back to live.
Chief Executive of the HCA, Pat Ritchie, said that the issue of providing more affordable homes across the country will continue to be a priority for the government and the HCA.
Mr Ritchie said: “One of the HCA’s key aims is to maintain a supply of affordable homes. With thousands of homes and properties lying empty across UK, we have a leading role to play in tackling the issue of empty homes blighting our communities, and this funding is welcomed. The high level of interest we received by providers bidding to participate in this programme demonstrates just how important of an issue this is.
“I am pleased therefore to be able to confirm our funding allocations for this spending period. Every part of the country is set to benefit, and we will be continuing to work closely with our local partners to maximise the allocations and deliver value for money in those areas where the need is greatest.”
The government has allocated in its Comprehensive Spending Review a total investment of £100 million for the Empty Homes Programme. The remaining £30 million will be made available exclusively for community led groups at a later stage of the scheme.
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