Hous­ing min­is­ter in visit to house build

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS -

THE min­is­ter for hous­ing has heaped praise on the in­no­va­tive work at a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in the town.

Kris Hop­kins vis­ited Kennedy Av­enue, Up­ton Pri­ory, to see 38 new homes be­ing built for Peaks & Plains Hous­ing Trust.

Mr Hop­kins heard about a pi­lot scheme run by Peaks & Plains, which is based in Mac­cles­field, and Cheshire East Coun­cil to en­cour­age more off-site man­u­fac­ture, a process aimed to speed up the build­ing process and re­duce waste.

Tim­ber frames were cre­ated off-site in the Kennedy Av­enue scheme.

Dur­ing his visit, the min­is­ter spoke with some young peo­ple from Mac­cles­field Col­lege, who have been gain­ing valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence on the site. He also met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cheshire East Coun­cil, the Homes & Com­mu­ni­ties Agency (HCA) who have partly funded the build, and from No­bles Con­struc­tion, the con­trac­tors who are car­ry­ing out the work.

Tim Pin­der, chief ex­ecu- tive of Peaks & Plains said “We were de­lighted to wel­come Kris Hop­kins to our de­vel­op­ment at Up­ton Pri­ory. We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing high qual­ity, af­ford­able hous­ing for our cus­tomers, and we were proud to show the Min­is­ter the site. He was very in­ter­ested to hear about our in­no­va­tive build­ing meth­ods and our plans to build more homes in the area.”

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Kris Hop­kins added “I was im­pressed by the in­no­va­tive de­signs and qual­ity of the homes at Up­ton Pri­ory, and was par­tic­u­larly pleased to speak to peo­ple who are in work and learn­ing new skills thanks to this de­vel­op­ment.

“Since 2010 we’ve de­liv­ered 445,000 new homes in­clud­ing nearly 200,000 af­ford­able homes but we want to go fur­ther. That’s why we’re in­vest­ing bil­lions in a build­ing pro- gramme set to de­liver 165,000 af­ford­able homes be­tween 2015 and 2018 and why I’m keen to place off­site man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques at the heart of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try to quickly de­liver the high qual­ity new homes com­mu­ni­ties want “

Mean­while, Peaks & Plains has com­mit­ted to spend­ing £20 mil­lion on build­ing 170 new homes in the re­gion be­tween 2015-18.

●● Caro­line Simp­son, Cheshire East Coun­cil, Nigel Ben­nett, Peaks & Plains, Tim Pin­der, Peaks & Plains, Kris Hop­kins, Min­is­ter of Hous­ing, David Gooda, Peaks & Plains and Si­mon An­drews, Mac­cles­field Col­lege

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