Funds totalling nearly £1.3bn have been allocated to boost the building of affordable homes across the country.
A total of 191 providers have been earmarked for funding. The new homes will be delivered across England, with almost a third in London.
The Homes and Communities Agency has earmarked £886m for 160 housing providers while Mayor of London Boris Johnson is handing £404m to 54 housing bodies.
The funding will deliver almost 62,000 homes of the 165,000 new affordable homes targeted by Government over three years from 2015.
The investment from government will be combined with private finance to deliver the £23 billion programme.
A fifth of the homes will be built using “advanced housing manufacture”, where parts are manufactured in factories before being assembled on site.
New Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housebuilding is an essential part of this government’s long-term economic plan.
“That’s why we have designed an ambitious new scheme to build affordable homes at the fastest rate for 20 years, which will support 165,000 jobs in construction and sustain thousands of small businesses.
“Our programme will use the latest construction technology to deliver high-quality homes, helping to transform the way we build in Britain, and providing homes where future generations will want to live and raise families of their own.”
Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance, said: "The decision to build a fifth of homes offsite using public money is a disgrace and an insult to British industry and workers.
"Using public money to fund offsite construction using imported materials is 15% more expensive, costs jobs and will undermine any opportunities to attract inward investment to develop our UK brick and block manufacturing capacity.
"Timber frame homes present a higher fire load and have a predicted design life of 60 years. Masonry homes are highly adaptable, offer thermal mass to keep buildings warm and prevent overheating and are preferred by 93% of consumers. Highly sustainable Masonry homes are built to last 150 years."
Ambitious plans to regenerate the eastside of Birmingham city centre took off today with the launch of the city’s urban regeneration company.
The Birmingham Curzon Urban Regeneration Company is expected to generate 14,000 jobs for the area and develop more than 2,000 homes and 6m sqft of office space.
It has been launched as the Government unveiled plans to build the construction and engineering headquarters for HS2 in the city, which alone will support 1,500 jobs.
It also announced support for the £130m scheme to take the Midland Metro to Adderley Street.
Taken together the announcements to drive the Curzon Street area of the city will inject an expected £1.3bn into the local economy.
An ambitious masterplan unveiled earlier this year will be anchored by a striking new station for HS2.
The Birmingham Curzon URC already has significant financial clout, after £30m worth of funding was secured from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to support plans for the 141 hectare site.
The company will be made of the city council, Centro, HS2, the national regeneration company and the LEP.
Earlier this month, the LEP was awarded more than £350m over three years through the government’s Growth Deal.
Funding was also earmarked for a new construction training centre in Dudley, as well as facilities at Birmingham’s South and City College, to help equip local people for jobs connected with the building of HS2.
Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance, said: “We are delighted that Birmingham has been chosen as the Head Office for HS2.
“We must take this opportunity to re- balance the economy driving jobs, growth and quality homes.
“The programme should now be accelerated to create the confidence we need to attract inward investment around a 30 year local development plan for the Midlands.”
This includes delivering the new 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme and contributing to the government’s target for the supply of 165,000 new affordable homes by the end of March 2018.
A key job this year is to allocate £1.7bn in funding to housing providers who submitted their bids for cash in April.
Among it core targets this year, the HCA aims to complete 30,000 new affordable homes, with a further 22,500 affordable homes brought up to a Decent Standard.
It is also committed to completing over 9,500 new market sale homes, including over 5,500 through Get Britain Building, to increase private housing supply.
The HCA will release land with housing capacity for over 6,000 new homes and create over 315,000 sq m of new employment floor space to support local economies.
To meet these delivery challenges the Agency will be strengthening its capacity and its internal processes, particularly around land development and disposal.
It will also establish HCA-Investments to drive loans and equity investments, and a wider land role.
The Agency has seconded in three senior professionals with property lending expertise from the private sector to advise on the establishment of the specialist investment arm.
The HCA has also undertaken to adopt a more risk-based approach, focusing on higher risk providers, a greater focus on exposures from non-social housing activities, and a renewed consideration of how effectively housing providers are managing key sector risks.
Andy Rose, Chief Executive of the HCA, said: “This plan confirms priority areas of focus for the HCA and what we plan to achieve in 2014/15.
“It also clearly sets out our approach to local delivery and the many ways in which we will continue to support our local partners, as part of our commitment to people and places.
“We do this by making effective use of our programmes to support local priorities and increase the supply of new homes to stimulate local growth.
“While our approach may be changing, the outcomes we are seeking remain the same; to meet local priorities and create successful communities with homes and jobs.”
Mike Leonard CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance said, "We welcome the determination of the HCA to continue to drive delivery. We remain concerned, however that the HCA is excluding local builders and is not promoting the use materials produced in the UK rather than the importation of products such as timber.
"The HCA needs to consider that the public money it is spending will only be available if we continue to create local wealth, jobs and growth."
Brandon Lewis has been appointed housing and planning minister following the latest government reshuffle.
Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, had previously been a parliamentary under-secretary at the same department with responsibility for local government.
He takes over from Kris Hopkins, who lasted just 10 months in the job. Hopkins will remain with DCLG with his new role still to be confirmed.
Lewis becomes the fourth housing minister in less than three years, although the reshuffle has seen the housing and planning briefs restored to full minister of state level.
When Hopkins replaced Mark Prisk as housing minister in the last reshuffle the job was demoted from a ministerial role to a parliamentary under-secretary role.
Lewis also takes over the planning brief from Nick Boles,who becomes a minister for the Department for Business and Department for Education.
Matt Hancock, who had the shared education and business post before, has taken over the construction brief from Michael Fallon as business and energy minister with construction part of his remit.
He will attend cabinet meetings as part of his new role while Fallon has been promoted to defence secretary.
Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance said, "We are pleased to welcome Brandon Lewis and applaud the decision to combine the Planning and Housing Portfolios which are of course mutually dependent.
"We remain concerned at the continual churn of housing ministers which is disruptive and poles apart from the need for a 30 year locally driven housing and infrastructure strategy.
"Consistently delivering more Brick and Block Homes built to last 150 years needs to become a national priority. This will create the wealth, jobs, growth and better homes for the customer with all the social economic benefits that will result."
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