City reaches final of national award for innovative housing development

Published: Thursday, 3rd May 2018

Stoke-on-Trent City Council reached the final of a national award for its strategic approach towards housing development.

The authority was a finalist in the UK Housing Awards 2018’s Outstanding Strategic Local Authority of the Year category announced yesterday (May 2).

The awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing, showcase the very best the housing sector has to offer.

As a finalist, the city council was praised and recognised for a number of initiatives, including:

  • Establishing Fortior Homes, the council’s private housing company, to deliver more than 400 homes over the next three years.
  • Pledging to keep the ‘Stoke £ in Stoke’, for example through the council’s housing repairs company Unitas – supporting job creation and prosperity.
  • Influencing Government thinking, leading to a £1 billion pot for councils to build affordable homes.
  • Launching Reviving Communities, the second phase of the highly-acclaimed £1 homes project – bringing empty homes back into use.
  • Delivering 1,200 homes on seven brownfield Housing Zone sites across the city.
  • Masterplanning to regenerate the Bucknall New Road city centre housing estate, including redevelopment and refurbishment of existing blocks, landscape and external improvements.
  • Creating purpose-built, specialist supported and sheltered housing, for example the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth II court in Fenton, and the opening of our three extra-care facilities at Maple West, Oak Priory and Willow Barns.

Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “To make it to the final at the UK Housing Awards is a fantastic accolade for Stoke-on-Trent and is testament to the hard work and dedication of the work that is taking place within housing across the city. We have come a very long way in a short space of time and so to be nominated is a fantastic achievement.

“To make Stoke-on-Trent a place where people actively choose to live and work, we are looking carefully at what needs to happen in our housing and residential areas. We are keen to maximise the potential of all of our assets in order to meet housing needs and drive the city’s economic growth.

“As such, we’re investing millions of pounds in our housing stock – new and old – giving people the chance to get their first foot on the property ladder, helping maturing families to find their perfect home, and allowing our older residents to live independently for as long as possible.

“I’ve said on numerous occasions before, we at Stoke-on-Trent City Council have a real appetite for housing growth, which is at the heart of the city’s journey to economic  independence. So making sure that we have the right sort of homes that are high quality and attractive is an important part of this process.”

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Congratulations to Stoke-on-Trent City Council on being a finalist in the strategic local authority of the year category of the UK Housing Awards.

“We are proud that the UK Housing Awards are the biggest and best in the sector and the standard of entries into this year’s awards was incredibly high. Our local authorities play a crucial role in meeting the many housing challenges we face. This success recognises the significant achievements of Stoke-on-Trent City Council in a hugely important category and demonstrates the outstanding contribution it has made.”

For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232265.

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