JV North has brought three housing providers into the fold as the 2021/26 Affordable Homes Programme gets underway.
Johnnie Johnson Housing, Muir Group, and Peaks & Plains Housing Trust are the latest to join the social housing consortium, taking its full board membership to 13.
Other members of the consortium, based in the north-west of England, are Bury Council, Community Gateway Association, One Manchester, Plus Dane Housing, Sovini, Stockport Homes with Stockport Council, Torus, Trafford Housing Trust, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
Johnnie Johnson Housing has a development programme that sees it building 1,000 new affordable homes in the coming years.
Lisa Johnson, director of Development at Johnnie Johnson Housing, said: “We are delighted to be joining JV North at a time when it is procuring a £560m framework to build over 4,000 homes in the north of England.
“We have over 50 years’ experience in social housing, and we aim to deliver affordable homes that cater for residents over the age of 55.
“With smart adaptions and resident safety being our main priority, we are looking forward to working with JV North to build safe, secure, and affordable housing.”
The second new member joining JV North is Muir Group, based in Chester.
Its assistant director of Assets and Growth, Alex Fury, said: “It is the perfect time for us to be joining JV North as we enter into the 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme.
“We very much look forward to further developing relationships across the consortium with the aim to grow our development programme and deliver urgently needed affordable homes across the north-west [England] and our east of England region.”
Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, the final new member to join the consortium, plans to build more than 200 new properties by 2023.
Chief executive Mark Howden said: “JV North is an important opportunity for us to explore alternative ways that we can provide much-needed quality homes as part of our commitment to create great places to live.”
Wayne Gales, JV North chair and chief executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “JV North is growing all the time with likeminded organisations seeing the benefits of collaborating to address the housing crisis.
“The three new members will undoubtedly strengthen the consortium and have all cited the added benefits of sharing market intelligence as key factors in joining, in addition to securing Homes England grant, programme support and access to our contractors’ and consultants’ framework.”
Since forming in 2007, the consortium has built the equivalent of three-and-a-half homes every working day, with more than 8,000 properties built by members.
Over 4,550 properties are being constructed in the current 2016/21 Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme thanks to an investment of over half a billion pounds between members and Homes England.
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