Sandwell Council leads the way on housebuilding
Published 9th October 2019
Sandwell Council is leading the way on housebuilding, with hundreds of much-needed council properties being built across the borough.
Almost one in 20 of all new council properties built in the whole of England in 2018/19 were built in Sandwell, figures have revealed.
In 2018/19, councils across England built and completed 2,550 homes - 123 properties were built in Sandwell during this time. (Source, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government).
The council has committed to investing around £70 million between 2018/19 and 2020/21 as part of its on-going plans to provide around 600 new council homes.
It comes as National Homeless Day (Thursday 10 October) highlights how a lack of affordable homes drives up the risk of homelessness.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for homes Councillor Joanne Hadley said: “We know that many of our residents experience difficulties in accessing decent homes that they can both afford and maintain.
“Unfortunately, difficulties in being able to afford a home is all too often the starting point on the road to becoming homeless.
“Our population is growing and it’s one of our priorities to increase the number of affordable homes for our residents and to build stable, happy communities.”
Houses recently handed over to tenants include a £7.5 million scheme at Friar Park, Wednesbury, made up of four two-bedroom apartments, 28 two-bedroom, 15 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom homes.
Funding for the 50 new homes at Friar Park came from the council’s Investment Programme and Homes England.
Another 63 homes are being built by developer Seddon on three-council-owned sites at Strathmore Road and Henn Street in Tipton, with handover to tenants expected next Spring (2020).