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15/05/2019

Birmingham publishes 10-year housing plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) has published plans to build 2,708 new homes by 2029.

The 10-year programme includes a mix of housing styles. Larger family-style homes will be built using traditional construction methods, while modular homes will allow the Birmingham City Council to unlock previously unused, smaller sites.

Homes will be built for both sale and affordable rent, with “quality, sustainability and design at the heart of their construction”, said the council. The programme also covers an estimated £346 million of housing sites across the city including larger regeneration projects.

BMHT, the council’s housebuilding arm, started 10 years ago, and has so far built 3,126, with another 365 homes currently under construction.

Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council, said: “With the city’s population set to grow by a further 10 per cent over the next 15 years, there is a pressing need to deliver more affordable, family housing within accessible locations to relieve the increasing burden… Birmingham City Council is leading the way in social housing and is moving forward with its ambitious plans for the next 10 years.”

The programme can be found here on the Birmingham City Council website (pdf).

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