30/09/2003

Affordable homes plan for south east unveiled

Plans to build 1,600 affordable homes on surplus public land in south east and east England will include housing for at least 850 key workers, the government has announced.

Two registered social landlords have been chosen to develop properties on 56 sites in Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Basildon, Crawley, Hemel Hempstead, Northampton, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City.

English Partnerships is providing the sites free of charge, while the Housing Corporation will provide funding through the Social Housing Grant.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said the move would help to bridge the gap between supply and demand for high-quality affordable homes.

"The towns selected have been identified as particular areas of need and combining the forces of English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation has been crucial in delivering fast results," he said.

(gmcg)

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