Trent & Dove Housing’s ambitious plans to build 800 more homes over five years have received a welcome boost with funding for 50 new homes from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Affordable Homes Programme.
The provider of 5,700 affordable homes has secured almost £2m worth of Government funding for the East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire region to ensure residents can get a foot on the housing ladder and access to affordable, quality accommodation.
Thirty of the homes will be specialist rented accommodation for older people, with the remaining 20 available through shared ownership. The homes will be delivered across a number of sites, including two sites in central Burton.
To address other housing shortages in the region, Trent & Dove also plans to build a further 150 homes by 2018 and is due on site at Woodville, South Derbyshire as part of its pledge to build 800 more homes over the next five years.
Chief executive Ursula Bennion said: “We are delighted to be receiving the full amount bid for and look forward to starting on site later this year. The grant will ensure our community has access to high-quality accommodation and we would like to thank the HCA and our development partners for supporting the bid.”
“We will continue to work closely with the HCA to secure more funding so that we can work to address the shortage of affordable homes in our area.”
In 2015 Trent & Dove Housing, Burton on Trent’s largest provider of affordable homes, participated in a landmark report entitled ‘Valuing the Village’, which highlighted provision of affordable housing as one of the key areas needed to safeguard the future of Britain’s market towns and hamlets.