Council’s housing and economic priorities will be delivered across the county

As part of Herefordshire Council’s ambitious development and regeneration programme, two new development partners have been appointed as of Thursday 28 June 2018:

Keepmoat Homes Ltd

Support the delivery of new homes that will help the council to achieve its strategic housing growth targets

ENGIE Regeneration Ltd

Support the delivery of regeneration construction projects, such as business units, student accommodation and commercial development, as well as affordable, PRS led and retirement housing

The agreements will bring to life plans contained within the adopted Core Strategy (the document that sets out Herefordshire’s planning priorities until 2031). The plan outlines the development opportunities enabled by the City Link Road and Hereford Bypass, as well other sites across the county such as Ross Enterprise Park.

Councillor Harry Bramer, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Contracts and Assets, said:

“This is a hugely exciting time for the county, and our partnership with Keepmoat Homes Ltd and ENGIE Regeneration Ltd will not only support the delivery of new homes. It will also promote economic growth across Herefordshire and develop a strong local supply chain of suppliers and contractors coming from within the county. The council will also maximise its potential to raise capital from the council’s land holdings, whilst controlling the nature, speed and character of the development.”

Councillor David Harlow, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications, said:

“Herefordshire is looking to the future and will continue to thrive as we make the most of the development opportunities brought by the City Link Road and bypass. Our development and regeneration plans will ensure Herefordshire is a great place to live, work, learn and visit. Our partnership with Keepmoat Homes Ltd and ENGIE Regeneration Ltd will contribute to the development of a thriving local economy across the county, with thousands of new homes, hundreds of jobs and Hereford’s new university which welcomes the design cohort of students this September.”

James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, said:

“This is a fantastic development for Keepmoat Homes and will firmly establish our presence in the South West region. We’re excited at the prospect of working with Herefordshire Council over the next 10 years, or more, to deliver much needed high quality new homes across the county.

“We are also committed to working closely with the community, including sourcing local talent and creating opportunities for employment and training for local people.  This is a perfect example of how our business model of working in close partnership with local authorities, housing associations and other delivery partners can accelerate home building and improve local communities.”

Martin Smithurst, COO of ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said:

“This is a significant partnership for ENGIE, and one that reinforces our substantial growth strategy and commitment to the region.

“Herefordshire Council has ambitious plans to transform areas of the county over the next ten years, and we are delighted to have been chosen to support them in their vision to create vibrant communities where people are proud to live, work and play.”

The first new homes are expected to be delivered by late summer 2019.

Published: Friday, 29th June 2018