Work will begin the new year of the third phase of a £56m development in north Walsall in the West Midlands, following the granting of planning permission. When complete, the Goscote Lane Corridor regeneration programme, which began in 2014, will include more than 800 energy-efficient homes. It is Walsall’s largest ever regeneration project.
The development of 407 family houses will be led by whg Housing Association, which manages 21,000 properties in the Midlands. Built by Keepmoat, 70% will be for market sale and 30% for social and affordable rent.
The scheme is supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund and included partners Walsall Council, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) and Homes England.
Gary Fulford, whg's group chief executive, said: "The development of this site will not only regenerate this area of North Walsall into somewhere people are proud to live, but will also create a number of jobs for local people during the construction phase."
Shaun Fielding, regional managing director at Keepmoat Homes said that the scheme had already delivered over 650 new homes and created 12 apprenticeship and local business opportunities. He commented: "This planning approval is a key milestone for the project and a strong indicator of our continued housing investment across the midlands."