Council chiefs have been given a tour of a new development which will see 63 affordable homes built in Fradley.

Cllr Angela Lax (centre) on the tour of the site

Platform Housing Group took members around the site at Hay End Lane.

Jamir Ali, senior land manager, showcased how some of the builds will be available for shared ownership and affordable renting.

“We’re very proud of the partnership we have formed with Lichfield District Council – this represents a significant achievement in their housing strategy and it’s been fantastic to show them the progress that’s been made recently.”

Jamir Ali, Platform Housing Group

Properties at the site are expected to be available in summer 2022.

Councillor Angela Lax, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for regulatory, housing and health, said:

“The project in Fradley is an excellent example of partnership working to provide affordable homes which are much needed within our district.

“It was great to visit the site and see the build in progress of 41 affordable rent and 22 shared ownership homes.

“These new homes represent just over a third of our affordable homes annual target, which is really encouraging.

“We were also able to see how the homes are insulated with the latest materials and construction methods to save energy costs.

“I am sure our residents will enjoy their new homes for years to come.”

Cllr Angela Lax, Lichfield District Council

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7 Comments

  1. And of course these houses are only available to Fradley residents? Not overspill from Birmingham!!! lol there again it is Panto season so no doubt anything goes.

  2. An annual target of 180 affordable homes in Lichfield District seems much too low when you consider the need and the total number of new houses being built around here.

  3. There is no such thing as ‘affordable’ housing. Unless there is strict criteria for purchase then Buy to Let or Housing Associations snap them up. Anyway, there is little insensitive for lenders to give mortgages to a low reliability sector when there is little return for them with interest rates so low. This, in itself, is what is causing the problem. Very low interest rates lead to even ordinary people looking for alternative investments. With rents and inflationary protection of capital it is a win, win situation to buy property. This inevitably leads to property price inflation and a very skewed market.
    We have experienced low inflation and low wage increases over the last decade. As that bubble is about to burst there are many financial problems to be faced in the near future. Like most things in life, if you change anything you change everything.

  4. I’ve been waiting for the housing bubble to burst for 20 years. Trouble is, when it finally does, the shockwaves will be enormous. It would be a brave government (or central bank) that pricks that bubble by raising interest rates.

  5. Philip – There most definitely is such a thing as ‘affordable’ housing. We had a system that worked perfectly well until St Thatcher of Tax Rises intervened and stopped council housing.

    There is no reason not to go back to building council houses other than a desire to line the pockets of private landlords.

  6. @Prof P. We know many private landlords and their friends are sitting in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, so we may have a bit of a wait before they vote against their own interests.
    Maybe it’s up to us to vote for someone different!

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