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Housing providers awarded £1.3bn AHP funding

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.”

Details of successful HCA bids

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."

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