Homes and Communities Agency brings forward 18 housing schemes through Get Britain Building programme

The Homes and Communities Agency has fast-tracked 18 housing schemes though its Get Britain Building programme in a bid to kick start construction on 1,300 homes.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said it had received 170 applications for its £420m Get Britain Building programme aimed at kick starting stalled housing developments, with 18 schemes brought forward.

The HCA said subject to due diligence and contracting, the 18 commissioned schemes could deliver up to 1,300 new homes, including on public sector sites.

The HCA said the remainder of the bids would now be assessed with a shortlist of the schemes to be taken forward published in March.

Pat Ritchie, HCA chief executive said: “Our partners have once again demonstrated their appetite to get Britain building by developing much needed new homes, in turn generating additional benefits through economic growth and activity.

“We have had a strong response to our programme and will now work to establish a shortlist of schemes which fit strongly with locally identified priorities and represent good value for money for the taxpayer.

“I am particularly pleased that teams at the HCA have moved quickly to identify 18 schemes of particular local importance that we can get moving immediately.”

Get Britain Building, announced in the autumn, replaced the previous government’s Kickstart programme, which was scrapped by the coalition government in 2010. The programme is aimed at unlocking housing schemes that have stalled in the economic downturn.

The full list of 18 fast-tracked schemes is:

  • Locking Parklands Phase 2a/b, Weston super Mare (St Modwen) - 140 homes
  • Bath Western Riverside, Bath (Crest Nicholson) - 81 homes
  • Belmont Hospital, Tiverton, Devon (Devonshire Homes) - 30 homes
  • Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset (Sutton group) - 39 homes
  • Devonport Vision, Plymouth (Redrow) - 74 homes
  • Wapping Wharf, Bristol (Wapping Wharf (Umberlslade) Ltd) - 175 homes
  • Newark Southern Extension, Newark (Catesby Property Group) - 100 homes
  • Edgbaston, Birmingham (MCD developments) - 57 homes
  • Kilby Mews, Coventry (Complex Development Projects Ltd) - 31 homes
  • Millway Middle School, Duston, Northampton (Westleigh) - 52 homes
  • The Maltings, Lichfield (Marcity) - 41 homes
  • Cheeseman’s Green, Ashford (Crest Nicholson) - 100 homes
  • Bootham Green, York (Advent Developments Ltd) - 37 homes
  • Navigation point, Castleford (Merlion Capital Housing Ltd) - 66 homes
  • H2010 (Yarn Street), Leeds (Miller Homes) - 82 homes
  • Calder View, Dewsbury, Kirklees (Miller Homes) - 28 homes
  • Grahame Park, Colindale, London (Genesis (GenInvest Ltd) -127 homes
  • Covent Garden Village, Stockport (Seddon Group) - 41 homes