Public land pilot scheme to bring new homes to Liverpool

Building IndustryMore than 100 new homes are set to be built on former railway land in Aintree, Liverpool, that will boost the construction trades and create new jobs.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently taken on 35 sites from other government bodies as part of a nationwide effort to get public land with capacity for up to 100,000 homes out to market by March 2015.

The first pilot deal has seen the HCA secure Persimmon Homes Lancashire as the developer for the 17-acre Liverpool site. It was identified within Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s 2011 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment as a potential area for sustainable redevelopment.

The completion of the deal comes as the HCA publishes its latest Land Development and Disposal Plan (LDDP) today. The updated plan details the landholdings available to developers that the HCA expects to bring to market over the next 2 years running up to March 2016.

The LDDP sets out how the HCA will use its experience of managing large portfolios of land and assets to potentially bring up to 200 sites to market between now and March 2016. Sites in the LDDP will build on the housing capacity of those already disposed, bringing the HCA’s contribution to government’s commitment to dispose of enough land with capacity for 100,000 homes to around 17,000, up from 14,000, by March 2015.

HCA Chief Executive, Andy Rose, said: “From 2015, the HCA will take on an enhanced land disposal role for Government, adding value to surplus public sector sites with development potential and speeding up their sale to help increase the supply of housing and increase economic growth.”

Bradwell development gets the go-ahead

Bradwell development gets the go-aheadPersimmon Homes Anglia have secured planning permission for a major new development which will deliver homes, jobs and a new primary school to Bradwell.

The application for 850 homes at Bluebell Meadow on Beccles Road was approved by Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s planning committee this week, paving the way for building construction work.

Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, welcomed the decision, saying: “We are delighted to be on the threshold of an exciting development for Bradwell.

“The scheme will provide hundreds of much-needed new homes and includes a neighbourhood centre and land for commercial use, encouraging business and jobs into the area.

“We presented a detailed planning application for 150 homes, with a further 700 in outline form. These will offer a choice of properties, including starter homes and bungalows, and with ten per cent of the properties designated as affordable housing to meet the needs of local people.

“Along with a new primary school, we will be providing a significant amount of open space, over and above what is actually required, to benefit this development and the surrounding community.

“A much-needed link road between the A143 and Beacon Park will also be delivered, in conjunction with central government funding.

“Altogether, the planning approval represents an amazing opportunity for the Great Yarmouth area and we look forward to getting started on site in July of this year.”

House building set to start on new homes in Crawley

Building IndustryWork can start on building thousands of new homes at Crawley’s next neighbourhood that will create jobs in the trades and boost the construction industry.

A consortium of Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, Crawley Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are the driving force behind Crawley’s brand new neighbourhood which already has outline planning permission for 1,900 new homes.

As part of the deal the HCA is making its land available to Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon with no up-front cost in order that significant and essential infrastructure works can be developed.

Ken Glendinning, Head of Area, said: “Part of our role is to unlock public land to free it up where we can for new housing. This site is a really good example of where Government land can be used to enable the private sector to get on and build homes, simply by working in partnership and taking a longer term view on costs and values.”

More than 200 homes are set to be built during the first phase. A total of 40% of the housing across the whole site will be made available to those on the housing needs list; the rest will be a mix of private sector homes. Crawley Borough Council will be delivering the affordable homes themselves as part of the agreement.

Peter Browning, Director of Transformation and Housing, said: “Plans for this new neighbourhood have taken a long time to get to this stage so I’m delighted that work is soon to start. It’s been a complicated process but by working together we’re bringing forward much needed housing and infrastructure for Crawley.

“Crawley Borough Council is acquiring more than 530 affordable homes across the four phases of this development and I’m delighted with that;. It represents a six per cent increase in the council’s current 8,100 housing stock, all of which will benefit local people most in need.”