Birmingham City Councils housebuilding arm, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT), has published plans to build more than 2,700 new homes by 2029.
The report covers an estimated £346m of housing sites across the city including larger regeneration projects, like in Kings Norton where unpopular housing has been cleared and replaced with mixed tenure homes.
The 10-year programme looks set to build new homes for both sale and affordable rent with quality, sustainability and design at the very heart of their construction. The new properties will be constructed to lifetime homes standard, will benefit from highly efficient insulation, energy efficient boilers and heating systems and will feature Sustainable Drainage systems (SUDS) which will deal with any drainage issues and will promote biodiversity at each site.
Cllr Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council said, “The national housing crisis is one of the biggest contributing factors causing homelessness right now in Birmingham. With the city’s population set to grow by a further 10% over the next 15 years, there is a pressing need to deliver more affordable, family housing within accessible locations to relieve the increasing burden. I’m delighted that Birmingham City Council is leading the way in social housing and is moving forward with its ambitious plans for the next ten years.”
Mr M. Mohamed is from one of the families who earlier this year moved into a new property and commented, “My family and I had been on the housing waiting list for seven years. There are eight people in my family and until earlier this year, we had been living in a two-bed flat. To be able to move into a modern four-bed family home where my children will have the space they need to grow up happy and healthy is a fantastic step forward.”
Over 10,500 people are currently on the councils affordable housing waiting list, many of which are living in overcrowded conditions.
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