HCA chair tours investment results in Midlands
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
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The chairman of the government’s housing and regeneration agency for England has seen some results of its investment in the Midlands.
Robert Napier, chair of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), toured homes developed by the Matrix Housing Partnership in Burton-upon-Trent, East Staffordshire and Walsall.
Napier said: "This has been an opportunity to see how HCA investment and partnership working is making a difference in the Midlands and I've seen some great examples of partners working together to create homes and job opportunities for local people.”
Amongst the developments that Napier visited was a self-build scheme in Burton where local people are learning construction skills by building homes that they’ll have the chance to rent or part-buy.
He also visited a picturesque development of 34 new family homes in Dallow Bridge, Burton, before touring a state-of-the-art extra care scheme called Oaklands in Swadlincote.
Mr Napier’s last stop was the LoCaL Homes factory in Walsall which has employed local people to manufacture low carbon timber housing which can be erected in a day.
Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group, said: “Across the Midlands there are thousands of people on waiting lists for affordable homes.
“By working together in partnership, Matrix is building these homes and subsequently regenerating communities, creating jobs and boosting local economies.”
The homes toured by Napier are part of plans to build 1,500 homes in the Midlands by 2015 and have been partly funded via £30 million of investment from the HCA.
In July, the Matrix Housing Partnership was also awarded an extra £7m to build 366 new homes in the region by 2017, as part of government plans to deliver almost 14,000 new affordable homes outside London.
Formed in 2004, the Matrix Housing Partnership is made up of the Accord Group, Rooftop, Trent & Dove, Trident Social Investment Group and WATMOS Community Homes.
Photo: (L-R) Chris Handy, chief executive of the Accord Group and chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership Strategy Group; Robert Napier (chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency; and Jason Powell, factory manager.