Thursday, October 13, 2011

News: HCA funding could lead to more Great Places in Rotherham


Great Places Housing Group is looking to build on their successful housing developments in Rotherham after securing £4.9m from the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) Affordable Homes Programme.

The housing association submitted a bid to the HCA for grants to build 189 much-needed new homes in Rotherham and Sheffield that will be available for both affordable home ownership and affordable rent.

It has also helped to secure £35m to build 1,562 homes over the next four years across the north west – one of the largest allocations in the region.

Stephen Porter, chief executive at Great Places, said: "Our allocation will allow us to fulfil the need for quality affordable housing and provide people with real homes for the future. For Great Places this is fabulous news and will help us continue to grow and be successful in this difficult economic climate."

Naz Parkar, head of area at the Homes and Communities Agency, added: "This is great news, bringing quality new homes to the area. It is one of a series of major new contracts which create new homes and boost the local economy, as well as delivering excellent value for public money."

The first development for Great Places in Rotherham was the £2m scheme on the corner of Hollowgate and Moorgate close to the town centre. Completed last year by Richardson Projects Ltd, part of the ROK group, it created 22 one and two-bedroom flats with solar panels and glass balconies.

Construction work is currently underway on a second development for Great Places in Rotherham town centre. The scheme on the site of the former Cinema House and bingo hall on Doncaster Gate (pictured top) will create 20 apartments across four floors. It is due to be completed next year.

Great Places website
HCA website

Images: MBLA Architects


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