Sandwell Community Keyworkers Affordable Housing Scheme
In 2019 Catalyst Mutual CIC working with Your Trust Charity (Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust), secured Homes England Community Housing Fund grant to complete feasibility work and obtain planning permission to develop affordable housing for Keyworkers across Sandwell.
The land available for development is 7000 square metres (0.7 hectares) and is owned by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. Based on the project initial proposal and design work the plan is to build a mixed development consisting of 110 apartments and 12 town houses with car parking and green spaces, creating mixed communities of keyworkers for all household types and ages.
The overarching principles is for the affordable housing design to benefit occupiers and to create a new community and to meet the following principles:
- Fit for purpose: homes that reflect modern lifestyles and meet the current needs of keyworkers
- Future Proof: homes that is robust but flexible with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of all potential keyworkers’ residents
- Community: homes that respect and enhance the character of the local area and create mixed communities where keyworkers want to live.
- Choice: homes that provide a range of sizes and types to reflect keyworkers needs and safe place to live
- Good Management: homes that enable better resident involvement in its management and future maintenance.
Who is it for?
This is a keyworker scheme for Sandwell that will offer affordable homes to those who need to be close to their point of work. The project could provide an opportunity for newcomers to this area and country who have been attracted here to work within one of the identified services. The project is an opportunity for those in lower paid positions to access the housing market. It can also assist those who are new to their chosen careers and have not yet realised their earning potential.
The target keyworkers’ group will be:
- Clinical NHS Staff
- NHS Paramedics
- Nursery Nurses
- Police Officers
- Other Keyworkers
The criteria for those who are eligible will be determined by the stakeholders and will form part of the lettings policy that will be developed in due course including the mechanisms to stimulate residents’ participation in design and management phases.
|Public Sector Strategic Stakeholders||
|Number and Types of Tenure||
12 Houses and 109 Appartments for:
|Quality and Flexible Design to Reflect Modern Living||
|Community / Communal areas and Facilities||
|Creating New, Sustainable Community||
|Inclusive Governance, Stewardship & Management||