Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council exceeds housebuilding target

Birmingham City Council has revealed that the number of new homes built in the city over the last three years has exceeded its annual targets by 108%.

Between 2011 and 2018, a total of 14,000 new homes were built, of which 24% were affordable.

Birmingham City Council’s housebuilding arm – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust – contributes significantly to the affordable housing supply, making up 47% of affordable completions and it is also the main provider of social rented housing.

Cllr Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said that the high level of completions was to be celebrated.

“However, as the plan target steps up, we will need to develop innovative ways to increase the delivery of affordable housing as well as continue to work with the private sector to bring forward sites and [ensure] that development meets the wide range of housing needs.

“It is also good to note that Birmingham performed well in relation to the proportion of new-build affordable properties delivered against all new builds, compared with other core cities.”

Sharon said that it will need to continue to work effectively with the private sector to help unlock potential housing sites; remove barriers to development; and make efficient use of land by increasing densities where appropriate.

“While it is important to provide sufficient numbers, it is also important to ensure that the homes provided are of the types, sizes and tenures that will meet the wide range of housing needs.”

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