MK Council to build almost 100 affordable family homes
Wednesday 8 January 2020
Milton Keynes Council is to start the process of building almost 100 affordable homes as part of its commitment to deliver 500 new homes within the next two years.
The Council’s Cabinet is due to approve a decision to begin the search for contractors to build 97 truly affordable homes across MK in 2020 and early 2021. As part of the tender process, contractors will be judged on a range of criteria such as their quality of work and approach to hiring local people, including the offer of apprenticeships.
The development of the new homes will need to meet the sustainability standards set out in the Council’s new development framework, Plan:MK. All homes will be carbon neutral and the contractors chosen will need to follow the sustainable construction principles set out in Plan:MK.
The majority of the 97 new homes are due to be built this year, with all of them being completed by early 2021.
The Cabinet meeting on 13 January will also see councillors presented with a new Housing Strategy for MK. The strategy sets out a vision to provide good quality housing that is truly affordable. The key priorities of the strategy include:
- Making MK an even greater place to live
- Increase the number of new truly affordable homes, including building 500 council homes by 2022
- Ensure homes are appropriate, safe and secure
- Deliver specialist housing for older and vulnerable people
Councillors will also review a new affordable housing policy which forms a central part of Plan:MK – designed to guide sustainable development in Milton Keynes up to 2031.
Councillor Nigel Long, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said: “We know there is a desperate shortage of available housing in MK, that’s why I’m delighted to kick off 2020 by making progress on our housebuilding programme.
“I look forward to building on our vision to deliver good quality homes that are truly affordable, and help those most in need.”