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affordablehousingnews HCA exceeds annual housing target


edited by George Sell (georgesell@mac.com)


The Homes and Communities Agency has exceeded its end of year housing targets, despite what it called “a challenging year of change and continuing tough economic conditions”. The HCA published its latest six-monthly statistics for housing starts and completions delivered through its National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP), Kickstart Housing Delivery Programme, the Local Authority New Build Programme (LANB) and the Property & Regeneration (P&R) programme. For the financial year ending 31 March 2011, the figures show a total of 57,605 housing starts compared with a target of 34,982, and 64,242 housing completions in England against a target of 62,495. This represents an increase of 8,088 more homes delivered than last year (56,154). The three-year rural housing target of 8,500 homes, was also exceeded, with 8,993 homes delivered between 2008 and 2011. HCA chief executive Pat Ritchie (pictured) said: “This is an excellent result, considering the continuing tough market conditions and a challenging period of change for the HCA. These figures clearly demonstrate how we are nevertheless making a significant impact on boosting the supply of much-needed affordable homes across the country in partnership with local authorities and Registered Providers. They must take much of the credit for delivery on the ground. “I am especially pleased that we have exceeded the number of homes completed compared to last year, which means that more people than ever will be able to access a new place to live, particularly in rural areas, which face some of the biggest challenges in accessing affordable housing. The challenges do, however, remain, especially given the fact that there is less public funding available to support housing over this Spending Period.We will continue to look at more innovative ways of working with and supporting our partners, most significantly through our new Affordable Homes Programme of delivery, to ensure that our funding offers the best value for public money and makes the most difference in the places that need it most,” she added. However, the total number of affordable housing starts in England fell by nearly 5,000 in the year to 31 March 2011. A total of 49,361 affordable homes were started onsite compared with 54,303 the previous year. The number of completions rose by 2,701 to 55,856.


2010/11 Target 2010/11 Actual % of Target Achieved


Total Housing Completions (No.) 62,495


of which: NAHP Social Rent LCHO


Kickstart Housing Social Rent LCHO


Open Market


Local Authority New Build Social Rent


P&R Social Rent LCHO


Open Market


Public Land Social Rent LCHO


of which NAHP Social Rent LCHO


Kickstart Housing Social Rent LCHO


Open Market


Local Authority New Build Social Rent


P&R Social Rent LCHO


Open Market


Public Land Social Rent Open Market


31,835 16,000


1,600 2,500 6,500


1,400 97


108 2,111


Low Cost Market 294 25


25


Total Housing Starts (No.)


34,982


19,750 4,800


1,303 1,337 3,455


972 179


50 2,531


Low Cost Market 105 200


300 64,242


33,047 17,009


1,778 2,127 5,298


1,775 60


60


2,856 232


- -


57,605


32,944 11,181


1,446 2,300 5,050


1,097 203


190


3,102 92


- -


103%


104% 106%


111% 85% 82%


127% 62%


56%


135% 79%


- -


165%


167% 233%


111% 172% 146%


113% 113%


380% 123% 88%


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LIVERPOOL SET FOR HUGE GREEN DEAL RETROFIT


A group of 12 social landlords and four local authorities have launched a joint project to retrofit 100,000 homes in the Merseyside area, using funds from the government’s Green Deal. Project Viridis is being co- ordinated by LMH (Liverpool Mutual Homes) and is estimated to be worth in the region of £50 billon to the economy of the city. Project Viridis’ aim is to insulate the properties in order to help meet an 80 per cent greenhouse gas reduction target by 2050, as well as reducing fuel poverty. Project managers of the scheme believe at least two-thirds of the properties will be suitable for PV panels, and hope to use the Green Deal funding to install thousands of solar panels after the government recently announced that the scheme could be used to fund the technology. Steve Coffey, LMH chief executive, said: “The Liverpool city region


retro-fit market is estimated to be in the region of £50 billion, which will provide a massive boost for the people and businesses in Merseyside in so many ways. The scheme will directly help reduce fuel poverty for tenants and carbon emissions for landlords. Social housing is far more advanced than the private sector in terms of retro-fitting and as a result we have the experience and delivery processes in place to install the latest and greenest products available very efficiently.” The first phase of the project will focus on the installation of photovoltaic panels to capitalise on the higher FIT rates available until the end of March next year. Phase two will address a wide range of retrofit options. The RSLs and local authorities are also looking at the possibility of a partnership with a major utility company.


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