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£70m Black Country Housing Scheme Reaches Out for New Jobs

Plans to build hundreds of new homes in Sandwell are closer to breaking ground after three housing developers have been named to deliver the scheme.

Sandwell Council has selected Kier Partnership Homes, Barratt Homes and Compendium Living to build homes in West Bromwich, Smethwick and Wednesbury.

The scheme, partly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, will see the building of 768 new homes by 2015. The developments will include family homes, bungalows for older people as well as properties for private sale and for social rent.

Businesses and jobseekers are set to benefit from the scheme which is expected to generate more than £70 million worth of construction work and create hundreds of new jobs with local employers.

The three developers have signed construction pledges to work with local suppliers and the council’s Think Local and ‘Find It In Sandwell’ initiatives which will boost employment and help people in the trades.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for housing, said: “We’re pleased to announce partners who will help turn our vision for the future of housing in Sandwell into reality.

“We’ll be providing residents with an excellent range of affordable homes for local people to buy, part-own and rent and consult with local people about the new homes we plan to build.”

Assad Hamed, area manager for the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “We know through working closely with Sandwell Council that increasing the supply of affordable homes in the borough is a big priority and we are pleased our investment is supporting this.

“Getting all three schemes up and running will be a major boost for local communities in Sandwell as they will see lots of activity happening across the borough and will benefit from the impact of local jobs and economic growth.”

South Somerset District Council Seeks Residents’ Views on 16,000 New Homes Plan

Somerset District Council has launched a six week consultation period over the plan to build 16, 000 new homes across South Somerset in the next 16 years.

Housing growth has been in the Council’s core development strategy with a strong agenda for boosting employment and creating thousands of new jobs, South Somerset District Council said in a statement.

The Council is inviting businesses and the people of South Summerset to express their views about the major development. The consultation period will run from 28th June to 10th August 2012. Once the consultation is completed, the Council’s proposed plans for new housing and jobs are expected to include policies on affordable housing, car parking, shops, open spaces and the environment up to 2028.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ric Pallister, described the Local Plan as ‘one of the most important issues to come before the people of South Somerset in more than a decade’.

He said: “We need to take a long term view that is more concerned with meeting the needs of future generations than it is about today’s concerns.  Although we are now in the closing stages of the plan being adopted, having taken note of everything the community have said so far, there is this last opportunity to have your say.  Comments, either in support or objection, will then be passed on to a Planning Inspector who will hold a public Examination and make a final decision later this year.”

Current Draft of the Local Plan includes:

Yeovil

  • 40 hectares of employment land already committed
  • 5 new hectares of employment land within the town and 7 new hectares (1,565 jobs) in a Sustainable Urban Extension
  • 2943 new jobs
  • 3,704 homes allocated, proposed a further 4,111, to include a Sustainable Urban Extension of 1,565 homes to the South, rising to 2,500 homes after the year 2028.
  • Green Buffer to protect the villages of East Coker & North Coker

Chard

  • 13 hectares of new employment land
  • 886 new jobs
  • 1,861 homes proposed with a further 1,376 after 2028
  • Strategic growth will be to the east of the town and including town centre regeneration.

Wincanton

  • 5 hectares of new employment land
  • 490 new jobs
  • 692 homes already allocated proposed a further 11
  • Strategic growth will be to the south west of the town, north of Lawrence Hill and west of Wincanton Business Park.

Crewkerne

  • 10.10 hectares of employment land already committed
  • 472 new jobs
  • 901 homes already allocated proposed a further 127
  • Strategic growth will be located at the Crewkerne Key Site.

Ansford / Castle Cary

  • 3 hectares of new employment land
  • 223 new jobs
  • 127 homes already allocated, proposed a further 273
  • Strategic growth will be to the north of Torbay Road and east and west of Station Road.
  • Request for a road link between Station Road and Torbay Road to improve access to employment area.

Somerton

  • 3 hectares of new employment land
  • 251 new jobs
  • 235 homes already allocated, proposed a further 165
  • Strategic growth will be to the west of the town.

Langport / Huish Episcopi

  • 3 hectares of new employment land
  • 233 new jobs
  • 295 homes already allocated, proposed a further 105
  • Strategic growth will be to the north, east, and south east of the town (employment only to the south east to protect nearby wildlife nesting grounds).

Ilminster

  • 23.5 hectares of employment land already committed
  • 343 new jobs
  • 199 homes already allocated, proposed a further 332
  • Strategic growth will be to the south east of the town.

Rural Centres

  • All rural centres to receive 2 hectares of employment land each (828 jobs overall)
  • Bruton – 113 homes already allocated, proposed a further 104
  • Ilchester – 151 new homes
  • Martock  – 101 homes already allocated, proposed a further 145
  • Milborne Port – 210 homes already allocated, proposed a further 89
  • South Petherton – 151 homes already allocated, proposed a further 94
  • Stoke Sub Hamdon – 6 homes already allocated, proposed a further 49

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A Multi-Million Cash Boost to Bring Empty Homes Back to Life

Councils across England will receive a multi-million cash boost to bring thousands of empty homes back into use, creating further employment for trade professionals and boosting the housing market.

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell announced yesterday a further £60 million investment to tackle clusters of empty homes in England. Additional £25 million will be allocated to voluntary and community groups across the country to tackle individual empty properties in their area.

Mr Stunell said: “The number of empty homes in this country is a national disgrace – for every two families that need a home there is one standing empty. Empty homes bring down a neighbourhood and attract vandals and fly-tipping, as well as being a waste of much needed housing.”

Although, the number of empty homes has fallen to the lowest level since 2004, the Liberal Democrat Minister believes that there is still a lot to be done to bring more empty houses back into use.

He said: “I’m delighted to announce this funding boost today that will allow councils and community groups to bring these houses back to life and offer families a chance of a stable and secure home.

“We need to do much more to tackle this problem. This Government is breathing life back into these neglected neighbourhoods.”

Previous announcements have seen £70 million allocated to bring empty homes back into use as part of the affordable housing programme. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, this announcement brings a total investment of £215 million to renovate thousands of properties and bring them back into use.

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Boris Johnson Approves a Huge Housing Boost for London

 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced the first phase of a major housing redevelopment for the Greenwich Peninsula, South London, which will see 10, 000 homes built in the next three years.

Boris Johnson and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, visited the Peninsula on Wednesday. They shared optimism about the regeneration of the area and all the benefits the project will bring to businesses and the Building Construction Industry.

Some 1,300 homes and 600 student accommodation units will be built later this year. The Building Sector is expected to benefit immensely from the project as a result of the building work which will be undertaken this year – Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles suggested.

Mr Pickles said: “Today the Mayor and I can announce we’ve unlocked this once stalled site in Greenwich that will now get workers back on site, construction back on track and help get our city building in 2012 the new homes Londoners needs.”

The Mayor of London said he is delighted for the project to be given green light. Mr Johnson said: “The transformation of Greenwich Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the most exciting development opportunities in London.”

He added: “This latest phase of regeneration will seal its future as a thriving, well-connected new district, combining vibrant new residential areas and fantastic leisure facilities.”

After detailed planning applications are submitted to Greenwich Council in April, construction work on the first phase of the project is set to begin in autumn later this year.

 

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