BROMSGROVE District Housing Trust (BDHT) has pledged to help ‘fix the housing crisis’ as work begins on transforming the former All Saints Garage site.
The social housing provider received the green light for the ‘Roman Court’ development on Birmingham Road last September after the car dealership shut its doors in July.
Once complete, the scheme will deliver 19 affordable one-bedroom flats which will each have private allocated car parking and spaces for bikes.
As part of the development BDHT will also deliver improvements to vehicle and pedestrian access to the site.
To mark the start of the construction BDHT’s chief executive Mark Robertson attended the development alongside Coun Shirley Webb, the district council’s portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and strategic housing.
They discussed the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) #FixTheHousingCrisisCampaign and how developments such as Roman Court could help solve the district’s housing crisis.
The pair are calling for the Government to work alongside their organisations and the NHF to fix the housing crisis for good by committing to five housing priorities.
These include significantly stepping up the rate of building new social and affordable housing, making sure everyone can feel safe in their home and investing in places to bring the country together.
A new deal for social housing putting residents at the heart and developing a fair and effective support and welfare system should also be introduced.
Mark Robertson said: “We are extremely pleased to have put the spade in the ground and started work on this essential new housing development.
“We are facing a real housing crisis in Bromsgrove where the shortage of affordable homes for younger people is putting a huge strain on services.
“Good quality and safe housing is the springboard for a happy and healthy life and this is our mission.”
Coun Shirley Webb added the council recognised more affordable homes needed to be built in Bromsgrove.
“Whilst this development is small in scale, it will make a very big difference to those younger residents who need safe and secure homes just like the rest of us,” she said.