A Midlands’ housing partnership is to build hundreds of new homes across the region as part of Government plans to deliver almost 14,000 new affordable homes outside London.
The Matrix Housing Partnership has been chosen as one of just 69 housing associations and developers to receive a share of £220 million to deliver new affordable housing.
Led by the Accord Group, the partnership will build 366 new homes in Birmingham, Redditch, Sandwell, Coventry, East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire, Wychavon and Gloucester.
Work on the homes, which are part of wider Government efforts to get Britain building again, will start in March 2015 and will be completed by 2017.
The 366 new homes, for which Matrix has received £7 million to build, will be in addition to 1,500 new homes that the partnership is already set to complete by 2015.
Importantly, it is estimated that as many as 1,800 jobs could be created as part of the work as well as up to 40 apprenticeships.Chris Handy, Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group, said: “Across the West Midlands region there are 180,000 people on waiting lists for affordable housing.
“It’s vital that we build more homes to meet this rising demand, which is why we are delighted to be one of just 69 housing associations in the UK to have secured this funding.
“We have a strong track record of building high-quality homes that regenerate neighborhoods and create jobs and we are proud to be playing our part in getting Britain building.”
The 366 homes that will be built will include:
- 42 in Sandwell – including 18 in West Bromwich
- 82 in Birmingham – including 40 in Yardley and 27 in Stirchley
- 13 in Redditch at Hewell Road
- 18 in Coventry in Torrington Avenue
- 63 in East Staffordshire – including 23 in Ferry Street
- 68 in South Derbyshire – including 40 in Rosehill
- 35 in Wychavon – including 17 in Cherry Orchard
- 45 in Gloucester at Paul Street
The Matrix Housing Partnership is made up of the Accord Group, Rooftop, Trent & Dove, Trident Social Investment Group and Watmos Community Homes.
Together the partnership manages more than 27,000 homes and provides a range of services to people across the Midlands and the South West.