A social housing consortium in the North West of England has welcomed two new member organisations.
Liverpool-based Plus Dane Housing and Stockport Homes, Stockport Council’s arms-length management organisation (ALMO), have joined JV North, which has so far built over 8,000 homes in the North West.
The new appointments take JV North’s number of full board members up to 11 ahead of its plans to seek grant funding from Homes England’s forthcoming 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme.
The consortium’s other full members are Bury Council, Community Gateway Association, Jigsaw, One Manchester, Sovini, Torus, Trafford Housing Trust, Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
Wayne Gales, chair of JV North and chief executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “The challenges of recent years, especially those of 2020, have shown us collaboration is key to producing the right outcomes when addressing the housing crisis.
“With this in mind, we very much welcome the two new members so that we can further extend views, ideas, skills, intelligence and experience throughout JV North ahead of the new homebuilding programme starting in April.”
Plus Dane Housing owns and manages 13,500 homes across Merseyside and Cheshire, and aims to build up to 1,500 homes over the next five years.
Stockport Homes, meanwhile, manages 11,500 properties on behalf of Stockport Council. The ALMO currently aims to build 1,000 new homes by 2025.
Ian Reed, chief executive at Plus Dane Housing, said: “Joining JV North is part of our plan to develop strong strategic partnerships that will increase our capability and capacity to build more homes in the places they are needed most.
“Our corporate plan includes an objective to build up to 300 homes annually for the next five years. Being part of JV North will help us achieve this goal by providing additional support to our development team.”
Helen McHale, chief executive at Stockport Homes, added: “JV North has an impressive, proven track record of providing great benefits to housebuilding organisations like ours.
“Partnership working is more important than ever in the current climate and we are looking forward to teaming up with members of the consortium and the programme management team at Saffer Cooper Consultancy to help us meet housing needs in our communities.”
JV North is building over 4,550 homes in the current 2015-21 Affordable Homes Programme thanks to an investment of over half a billion pounds by its members and Homes England.