Housing Minister announces more award winning self-builds

Mike and Heather Sproston with Housing Minister Brandon Lewis

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP has visited Stoke-on-Trent to support the city’s ambitious plans for new housing.

He took the opportunity to announce Stoke-on-Trent City Council will be rolling out even more plots for local self-builders, extending an award-winning scheme that has already helped families to build their dream homes.

He visited Farm View, in Penkhull, on Friday (20 November), a council-owned parcel of land that the authority has cleared, build a road through and created six serviced plots that were auctioned for local people to buy.

“The Penkhull self-build scheme is exactly the sort of innovative initiative which we want to see across Britain. The city council is managing its assets carefully to provide hard working local people with the chance to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

“This is one of only 11 National Vanguard schemes from across the country exploring innovative approaches to meeting the housing challenge. It has proved a real success.

“Stoke-on-Trent is a city which is breaking the chains of low aspiration and limited ambition which has held it back. This is a city with big ideas and a growing sense of purpose, energy and enterprise. I can announce the roll out of the scheme, with another 75 plus plots on their way over at least three more sites.

“From self-build through to major investment funded quality residential developments, the city has the land, the political commitment and the entrepreneurial energy to deliver the housing growth this country needs,” he said.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Deputy Leader Abi Brown welcomed the Minister to the city.

“Just a few weeks ago the Minister and his colleagues met us at the MIPIM international property investors event in London to discuss our ambitious plans for investment, jobs, growth and new homes. He was very supportive of our proposals and agreed to come to the city on the back of this.

“Stoke-on-Trent is a city with growing self-confidence and entrepreneurial energy. We have one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, with manufacturing output, jobs and profits up. The Government has recognised the massive role this city can play in rebalancing the national economy as the gateway between the Midlands Engine and the Northern Powerhouse,” she said.

Cabinet Member for Housing Councillor Randolph Conteh said it was vital that the city council played its part in ensuring local people had the quality housing they need.

“This is a diverse city with people from all walks of life working hard together to improve prospects for themselves, their families and future generations. Housing is an essential part of the formula for success in this city and we are determined to get the city building again.

“It is great that Government is taking Stoke-on-Trent seriously. This is a place with great people and strong values and I am delighted the Minister sees the city’s enormous potential. This is music to local people’s ears,” he said.

Picture caption: Mike and Heather Sproston with Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. Mr Lewis said that Stoke-on-Trent is at the forefront of custom build housing and that the city will be mentioned as the Housing Bill is read at Parliament on Tuesday.