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Innovative partnership to build 1,152 new homes

Innovative partnership to build 1,152 new homes

Together Housing Group, in partnership with Accent and WDH, has been granted £53 million to build an extra 1,152 affordable new homes over the next three years.

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has announced Together Housing as a new strategic partner of Homes England, as part of a government drive to invest £1.7 billion in 39,000 new homes by 2020.

By working in partnership, the three housing associations will share resources and expertise to maximise the number of new homes that can be delivered in areas where demand exceeds supply.

The new homes are in addition to existing development plans, with the programme comprising a mix of properties available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Together Housing Chief Executive Steve Close said: ‘’The new deal offered by Homes England gives our partnership the investment and flexibility we need to significantly increase the supply of new affordable homes across the country. In addition to working closely with Accent and WDH, the partnership will also be supporting other regional associations to access capital grant, accelerating additional growth and delivery even further.’’

Sir Edward Lister, Homes England chairman, added: “I welcome the new strategic partners who share our ambition to build better homes faster. Our new ways of working with the sector mean that housing associations can use their funding flexibly across their development programmes and respond quickly to local housing demand and a changing market.”

The partnership includes regional housing associations which will be able to use the new approach to also increase their development aspirations.

Decisions on the location and type of homes will follow consultation and planning involving key regional partners and local residents.

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