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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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A housing association is offering the first 63 people who move into a new development vouchers for bicycles and travelcards.

The Accord Group is offering the deal on its Urban 180 development in West Bromwich, Sandwell as part of moves to promote sustainable travel and the project's green credentials.

Residents will be able to claim vouchers for either two bicycles or two four-week travelcards.

The Urban 180 development features houses for sale and rent. Prospective purchasers can benefit from a mortgage from Sandwell Council, which has set aside a £2 million fund to help first time buyers onto the property ladder.

The development is part of the £20m Eastern Gateway regeneration scheme being developed with the council and backed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Alan Yates, executive director of regeneration at Accord, said: "It’s really important to us that we create not just state-of-the-art, modern homes but sustainable communities too.

"An important part of this is encouraging people to travel in ways that help to protect the local environment, which is why we are offering bicycles and travelcards to the first residents of Eastern Gateway.

"Homes at the development will also be fitted with photo-voltaic panels and meet rigid standards for sustainability - making them more energy efficient and cheaper for households to run."

Cabinet member for housing, Councillor Simon Hackett, said: "The Eastern Gateway will be a real plus for West Bromwich with modern homes and a planned further phase to include office space and shops."

Accord provides 11,000 homes and a range of care and support services across England.

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