A HOUSING development on the site of the former Bromsgrove Council House has moved a step closer after the revelation the site has been chosen for a special scheme.
Homes England and Bromsgrove District Council have started preliminary work on Burcot Lane, assessing its viability and discussing the next steps for the land.
Homes England helps local authorities to speed up housing delivery through a new £450million Accelerated Construction Programme, announced by the Ministry for Housing and Communities.
Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Geoff Denaro said the council was delighted with the progress of its submission for the programme.
“We are really focused on providing a great scheme in partnership with Homes England in the development of this site for housing, at an accelerated rate of delivery, using modern methods of construction and appealing to a wider number of developers.
“Trying to rebalance our housing market is a major priority for the council and confirmation of an award could be a huge boost to our plans for delivery.”
Modern methods of construction and innovation can speed up the pace of building and deliver high-quality, energy efficient homes, along with supporting small and medium-sized builders to enable them to grow their businesses and invest in a new workforce.
The news also comes weeks Coun Denaro confirmed to The Standard the authority was looking into launching its own housing company.
The move would enable the council to develop its own portfolio of housing and address the district’s well-documented housing shortage.
Stephen Kinsella, executive director for land at Homes England, said it was supporting ambitious local authorities develop their land more quickly to get more homes built for local people.
“Meeting the demand for housing requires different approaches and our funding will see local partners using new technology and working with builders of all sizes to improve the local housing market.”
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