Stonewater and Guinness finalise £224m affordable house building partnership with Homes England

Guinness and Stonewater, two major social housing providers, have signed their Strategic Framework Agreement with Homes England. The government agency is to provide £224m of funding for the two organisations to begin building 4,500, high-quality, affordable homes by 2022.

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The funding will enable Guinness and Stonewater to extend and accelerate their development plans, bringing forward the building of affordable and social housing.

As a result of the certainty of grant funding from Homes England, both partners will be able to enter into longer-term commitments to buy additional land, targeting areas of greatest housing need.

The strategic partnership is the largest of the deals recently announced by Homes England with housing association partners to deliver more of the homes needed to address the housing crisis affecting people and communities across the country.

Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive of 32,000-home Stonewater, said: “We're delighted to have officially completed the documentation for our partnership with Homes England and Guinness. In politically uncertain times, funding from Homes England adds to Stonewater's already significant development programme and brings us closer to our vision of everyone having a place to call home. We welcome the government's commitment to tackling the housing crisis and this is a great example of how collaboration within the sector can help deliver that promise. We look forward to making a contribution support the UK economy over the long term, building much needed homes, as well as safeguarding and creating jobs.”

Catriona Simons, Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership, said: ‘’Guinness is delighted to be working with Homes England and Stonewater. Our vision is to create great homes, where people are proud to live. This funding means we can extend our development programme and do more to fulfil that vision. We welcome the government’s commitment to working with housing associations to address the housing crisis, and we are pleased to be working with Stonewater to make a real difference.’’

Jackie Jacob, General Manager Housing Programmes, Homes England, said: “We have now secured 23 partnership deals with 28 housing associations who share our ambition to build the homes the country needs, totalling £1.74 billion of investment. This partnership with Guinness and Stonewater will deliver a range of much-needed affordable housing across England, including homes for social rent, supported living and shared ownership.”

Link to 24Housing article: https://www.24housing.co.uk/news/homes-england-partnership-to-bring-4500-affordable-homes-by-2022/