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Great Places celebrates HCA £24m with Bloc partners

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

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Great Places Housing Group and its partners are getting £24.2 million from the Homes and Communities Agency to build more than a thousand new homes by March 2018.

The latest HCA grant allocation will see homes developed by Great Places across the region, including Burnley, Salford, Manchester, Sheffield, Blackpool and Bury.

Great Places is part of Bloc, a partnership of eight housing associations, that will construct the homes across the north west and Yorkshire between now and March 2018.

Bloc is made up of Great Places Housing Group, Calico Homes Ltd, Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, Mosscare Housing Association, Ashton Pioneer Homes, Bolton At Home Ltd, Equity housing Group and Wirral Methodist Housing Association.

Great Places, which is based in Manchester and works across more than 30 local authority areas, already has existing programmes to deliver 1,348 new homes by March 2015 and 922 new homes by March 2017.

Its chief executive Matthew Harrison (photo) said: "We are delighted with our grant allocation of £24.2 million from the HCA which, along with our partners in Bloc, the Great Places investment partnership, will allow the construction of 1,040 much needed new homes in the north west and Yorkshire. We have worked closely with the HCA throughout this process and this allocation is a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver on our promises to develop high quality homes for people in the neighbourhoods where we work."

He added: "The fact that the HCA has reserved funds for future allocations is also good news because it means there is scope to develop even more new homes."

Great Places is one of the largest housing associations in the north of England with six regional offices and nearly 17,000 homes in its portfolio. It helps 1,500 vulnerable people across the north west and Yorkshire.

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