The North West social housing consortium JV North has welcomed three new members to take part in the government’s 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme.
Johnnie Johnson Housing (JJH), Muir Group and Peaks & Plains Housing Trust have joined the consortium, taking its number of full members to 13.
JV North comprises several local authorities and housing associations largely based across Greater Manchester. Collectively, the consortium’s members manage over 125,000 homes.
Wayne Gales, JV North’s chair and chief executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “JV North is growing all the time with likeminded organisations seeing the benefits of collaborating to address the housing crisis.
“The three new members will undoubtedly strengthen the consortium and have all cited the added benefits of sharing market intelligence as key factors in joining, in addition to securing Homes England grant, programme support and access to our contractors’ and consultants’ framework.”
JJH manages around 5,000 homes and specialises in providing housing for over-55s. The housing association aims to build 1,000 new affordable homes over the coming years as part of its current development programme.
The Chester-based Muir Group oversees 5,500 homes across the country. Meanwhile, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust manages over 5,000 homes across East Cheshire and the High Peak. Peaks & Plains plans to build over 200 new homes by 2023.
Lisa Johnson, director of development at Johnnie Johnson Housing, said: “We are delighted to be joining JV North at a time when it is procuring a £560 million framework to build over 4,000 homes in the North of England.
“We have over 50 years’ experience in social housing and we aim to deliver affordable homes that cater for residents over the age of 55.
“With smart adaptions and resident safety being our main priority, we are looking forward to working with JV North to build safe, secure and affordable housing.”
Alex Fury, Muir Group’s assistant director of assets and growth, commented: “It is the perfect time for us to be joining JV North as we enter into the 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme.
“We very much look forward to further developing relationships across the consortium with the aim to grow our development programme and deliver urgently needed affordable homes across the North West and our East of England region.”
Peaks & Plains’s chief executive Mark Howden added: “JV North is an important opportunity for us to explore alternative ways that we can provide much-needed quality homes as part of our commitment to create great places to live.”
Since JV North formed in 2007, its members have built over 8,000 new homes. The consortium is currently building over 4,550 homes in the current 2016-21Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme.
Image: Wayne Gales, chair of JV North. Credit: JV North