JV North wants to forge new partnerships to build even more homes

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HOUSE building consortium JV North is on the look-out for new partnerships to further increase its delivery of new “affordable” homes across the region.

The consortium boasts its members have between them built the equivalent of two-and-a-half homes every working day since it was formed in 2007.

It now wants to increase the number of homes built up to and beyond the current 2016/21 Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP), orchestrated by Homes England.

“JV North’s track record is outstanding, by the end of 2021 members will have built over 8,500 homes,” said consortium chair Wayne Gales, who is also the chief executive of Weaver Vales Housing Trust.

“We are currently planning for the future beyond the current 2016/21 Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme. We are also looking for any other future opportunities that may emerge to support partners to further increase the delivery of new homes.

“We know from experience that in order to maximise value and placemaking outcomes the key to success is working together with partners. As such, we are keen to hear from likeminded housing associations and local authorities to help us shape JV North’s future.”

Made up of Northern-based housing associations and home building local authorities, JV North is managed and administered by the Saffer Cooper Consultancy, which provides expertise in all areas relating to Homes England’s development programme.

Housing associations and local authorities are able to join as full members with a seat on the JV North board, or as procurement members where they access the consortium’s £180 million OJEU-compliant framework of contractors and consultants.

“Our aim is to support the delivery of new homes, with affordable housing of all tenures and types offered across the region from city centres like Liverpool to smaller hamlet sites in rural Cheshire,” Gales added.

“JV North is a genuine partnership. We work together, members have equal status and as well as securing high levels of Homes England grant to build, we also share knowledge, market data and emerging risks and opportunities.”

JV North’s current development programme sees it building over 4,500 homes in the 2016/21 SOAHP, with members investing c£500 million supported by Homes England grant funding of £150 million.


Main Image: JV North chairman Wayne Gales with Sean Stafford, managing director of Saffer Cooper


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