GreenSquare is backing the National Housing Federation’s ‘Working together for great homes’ campaign ahead of the General Election on 8 June.
To demonstrate its support for the campaign, GreenSquare held an official ground breaking ceremony in Culverhay, Cricklade today (22 May), where work is beginning on phase one of a project that will see 109 new properties being built in the area.
This comes as the National Housing Federation launched a nationwide week of action (22 – 28 May) for the sector to come together and tell its story. The campaign encourages housing associations across the country to shine a spotlight on their impactful work and give a voice to their residents.
Howard Toplis, GreenSquare’s chief executive, said: “We want housing to remain a top priority for the General Election. We, along with the rest of the sector, are ready to work with the next Government to end the housing crisis by building the right homes in the right places at prices people can afford, and by improving the lives of existing residents.
“This is exactly what we are demonstrating here in Cricklade by marking the beginning of our regeneration project – which will not only replace 65 older properties, with 109 new ones, but will breathe new life into the neighbourhood to the benefit of everyone in the community.”
Housing associations currently build around a third of new homes each year and have ambition to do much more. Over the next five years, the sector as a whole will build over 250,000 new homes, matching every pound of public investment with six raised privately.
Howard added: “GreenSquare has plans to build 1,000 new affordable homes over the next five years, as well as building hundreds of homes for outright purchase. We believe that everyone has the right to a home that they can afford to live in, and we are proud to be doing all we can build good quality homes to help address the country’s growing housing shortage.”
Over the last year, housing associations built 4,205 homes in the South West, with work already started on another 4,145.
David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, says: “We are delighted to see housing associations come together to highlight the importance of housing for our country’s future. The sector has made it clear that it is keen to work in partnership with all political parties to end the housing crisis.
“This is why we want candidates from across the country to witness the wonderful and impactful work of housing associations. We are ready to step up and build hundreds of thousands of new homes for those who need them most.”
References: 1.Figures in this release are taken from our analysis of how many homes housing associations built in 2016/17. The full figures are available at www.housing.org.u