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Record number of housing associations selected to build on public land

Tue 08 Aug 2017

Fourteen housing associations have been selected by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver housing on public sector land.

This is the highest number of housing associations to be chosen by the watchdog's Delivery Partner Panel, as the figure was just nine back in 2013.

The upturn has been hailed by the National Housing Federation (NHF), which said it is "further recognition" of the sector's growing ambition, financial strength and track record of delivering "vital new homes".

Adam Morton, policy leader at the NHF, said housing associations are "increasingly and rightly seen as key delivery partners", Inside Housing reports.

Furthermore, he stated that they are keen to ensure the right homes are built on these sites "more quickly and across a range of tenures".

Nick Walkley, chief executive of the HCA, said he hopes as many local authorities and public bodies as possible use its improved Delivery Partner Panel to "increase the pace of construction of new homes, while saving time, effort and costs".

Peter Martin of Sanctuary, one of the housing associations to be selected, believes its inclusion on the Delivery Partner Panel will provide it with "additional opportunities to secure land for new developments across the country", as well as help it meet its aim of building more than 30,000 homes by 2027.

Brian Ham of Home Group, another housing association to have been chosen, added that it is "delighted" to have been chosen to take part in the framework panels.

He said it reinforces its commitment to becoming a developer of housing and building 10,000 homes by 2021.

Mr Ham went on to stress that Home Group is "committed to providing as many homes as possible to tackle the housing crisis".

For further information on any of the points raised in this article please contact Andrew Murray in our Social Housing Team.

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