New homes for social rent get council go-ahead


In Summary

General | 29th June 2021
Birmingham City Council has given the green light for dozens of new homes for social rent to be built in the Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East Ward.

In Detail

Cabinet today approved the Full Business Case for a new development consisting of 61 new homes for social rent on Highgate Road.

The scheme, which will be delivered through the award-winning Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, is set for completion in July 2024, and will be comprised of a range of property styles including two bed flats and a mixture of three, four, five and six bed houses.

Responding to the citywide need for more homes for social rent, the scheme has been doubled in size from 30 units to 61 and Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods Cllr Sharon Thompson said: “I am delighted that the Full Business Case for the Highgate Road development has now been approved by Cabinet. This scheme will be delivered through BMHT and demonstrates our commitment to building homes for social rent.

“It is crucial that we continue to be as ambitious as possible in our housing programmes, delivering good quality, sustainable houses for our citizens. By building more homes for social rent we will give families and individuals the opportunity to have a home of their own, outside of the private rental market.”

Leader of the council, Cllr Ian Ward added: "Almost half of Birmingham citizens are aged under 30 and one of the biggest challenges facing the city is providing good quality, sustainable houses for our children and grandchildren. So I'm proud that Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust is helping to meet that challenge.

"And there are additional benefits from this scheme, which will also mean good local jobs that pay the Real Living Wage, contracts for local businesses and a wide range of other community benefits for the people of Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath."

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