Government funding for housing

More than 80 affordable homes will be built across North Staffordshire after the latest £2.9m award of Government funding.

The Aspire Housing properties will be built over the next three years responding to demand for all types of accommodation, from bungalows and flats, to family homes in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Out of the 88 homes funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, the association will create a mix of rented homes – making up 67 – and shared ownership, making up the remaining 21.

These new builds are part of Aspire Housing’s strategy to provide up to 500 new affordable homes in the five years to 2019.

Dan Gray, head of asset management and development at Aspire Housing, said: "This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide much needed affordable housing in the borough.

“As well as providing new homes, we are also contributing massively to the local economy and creating jobs.

“These new homes will have a positive impact and will help people in housing crisis."

Aspire will exceed its target for the 2011-15 HCA programme, delivering 129 homes, 37 more than originally planned.

Construction on the latest HCA funded programme is expected to start on site in early 2015.