HCA names partners for social housing funding

The Homes & Communities Agency has confirmed the organisations and area-based allocations for its Affordable Homes Programme on Thursday.

Almost 150 housing associations, local authorities, house builders and other providers are set to deliver 80,000 new homes across England.

Subject to the signing of contracts with each of the 146 partners listed, the HCA said investment will be split between each of the HCA's six operating areas, with the North West on track for 11.64% of the total number of homes.

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Although figures are subject to change through contracting process, the HCA said a total of 9,311 of the 80,000 homes will be delivered in the North West with 8,320 available to rent and 991 for home ownership.

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director North West at the HCA, said: "Through the Affordable Homes programme, we are aiming to deliver some 9,000 new affordable homes across the North West. This success is a testament to the efforts of our partners, who made extremely strong offers and worked so hard on this process. Whilst waiting for contracts to be confirmed, we must now work closely with our Local Authority partners to meet local investment priorities."

The successful bidders include 26 local authorities, including Wigan Council and Blackpool Council, whose contracts will be confirmed in early 2012, when the Department for Communities and Local Governement's changes to the Housing Revenue Account are implemented.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, cabinet neighbourhoods champion at Wigan Council, said: "This excellent allocation of £1.8m, plus council money and land, equates to 72 brand new social houses which will be available to rent. We will be providing them in the next year on several small schemes across the borough as part of continued improvements to our stock of properties. At a time when the government programme is being cut and many other areas have missed out, we have been awarded what we asked for and this represents a major success for Wigan Council."

The HCA said specific allocation figures for each partner will be agreed and confirmed as part of the contract signing process, which will take place over the coming months.

The HCA launched its £1.8bn investment programme in February and allocated £188.2m to the North West, which was 10.72% of the total funding.

Over the next four years, between 2011 and 2015, the HCA said it would invest £4.5bn through its Affordable Homes Programme, which aims to increase the supply of new homes in England.

Allocations for the Homes & Communities Agency's Homelessness Change and Traveller Pitch funding will be announced in the autumn following a separate assessment process for these programmes.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the Homes & Communities Agency, said: "We expect to not only deliver exceptional value for money but also a programme that has a strong fit with local priorities as we move into the delivery phase of the Affordable Homes Programme. I am particularly pleased that we will be directly funding so many local authorities through our mainstream programme for the first time, to deliver affordable homes that will make a positive difference to local people."

The full list of successful bidders:

  • A2 Dominion Housing Group
  • The Abbeyfield Society
  • Accent Group (AG Consortium 11-15)
  • Accord Housing Association
  • Adactus Housing Association
  • Affinity Sutton Group
  • Agudas Israel Housing Association
  • Amicus Horizon
  • Arches Housing
  • Arena Housing Group
  • Ashford Council
  • Aster Group
  • BDW Trading
  • Bellway Homes
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Blackpool Council
  • Bournemouth Council
  • Bovis Homes
  • bpha
  • Brighter Horizons Ltd (Rochdale Boroughwide Housing)
  • Bromford Carinthia Housing Association
  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cambridge Partnerships
  • Catalyst Housing Group
  • Centrepoint
  • Cherwell District Council
  • Chester and District Housing Trust
  • Circle Anglia
  • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • CM Yuill Limited
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Connect Housing Association
  • Corby Borough Council
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • Cross Keys Homes
  • Dacorum Borough Council
  • Devon and Cornwall Housing (as lead partner for Partnership South West)
  • Dunelm Property Services
  • East Midlands Housing Association
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • East Thames Group
  • Eldon Housing Association
  • Estuary Housing Association
  • Falcon Rural Housing
  • Family Mosaic Housing
  • Fareham Borough Council
  • First Choice Homes Oldham
  • Galliford Try Homes
  • Gallions Housing Association
  • Genesis Housing Association
  • Gentoo Group
  • Glendale Gateway Trust
  • Grand Union Housing Group
  • Great Places Housing Association
  • Greensquare Group
  • Guildhouse UK
  • The Guinness Trust
  • Hanover Housing Association
  • Harvest Housing Group
  • Hastoe Housing Association
  • Hexagon Housing Association
  • Hollinwood Homes Ltd (inc Community Gateway Association)
  • Home Group
  • Housing 21
  • Hyde Housing Association
  • Incommunities
  • Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association
  • Isos Housing
  • Jessup
  • Keepmoat
  • Keniston Housing Association
  • Kier Partnership Homes
  • Knightstone Housing Association
  • Knowsley Housing Trust
  • Leazes Homes
  • LHA-ASRA Group
  • Local Space
  • Logic Homes
  • London and Quadrant Housing Trust
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Camden
  • London Borough of Ealing
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • London Borough of Hillingdon
  • London Borough of Newham
  • London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Lovell Plus
  • Manningham Housing Association
  • Metropolitan Housing Trust
  • Midland Heart
  • Moat Homes
  • National Association of Almshouses
  • Network Housing Group
  • New Charter Housing Trust (on behalf of JV North)
  • Newlon Housing Trust
  • North Lincolnshire Homes
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Notting Hill Housing Trust
  • Octavia Housing
  • One Housing Group
  • Orbit Group
  • Orwell Housing Association
  • Oxford City Council
  • Paradigm Housing Group
  • Paragon Community Housing Group
  • Peabody
  • Persimmon Homes
  • The Places for People Group
  • Plus Dane Housing Group
  • Poplar Harca
  • Radian
  • Raglan Housing Association
  • The Riverside Group
  • Salvation Army Housing Association
  • Sanctuary Housing Association
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Saxon Weald Homes
  • Sentinel Housing Association
  • Shropshire Council
  • Somer Community Housing Trust
  • South Yorkshire Housing Association
  • Southern Housing Group
  • Sovereign Housing Group
  • Spectrum Housing Group
  • Swan Housing Group
  • Symphony Housing Group
  • Synergy Housing Group
  • Taylor Wimpey UK
  • Tees Valley Housing
  • Telford Homes Plc
  • Thames Valley Housing Group
  • Together Group
  • Town and Country Housing Group
  • Viridian Housing
  • Wakefield and District Housing
  • Wandle Housing Association
  • Waterloo Housing Group
  • Wealden District Council
  • Westfield Housing Association
  • Westleigh Developments
  • Wigan Council
  • Wirral Partnership Homes
  • WM Housing Group
  • Worthing Homes
  • The Wrekin Housing Trust
  • Yorkshire Housing

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No regional commentary to this story at all. Just a cut and paste of the HCA’s press release yesterday.

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