Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to announce that it has secured nearly £3m of grant funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency to facilitate the development of new homes in Hull.
The not-for-profit organisation, which provides over 1,250 homes for the over-60s across Hull and East Yorkshire, will now start the planning process to develop the purpose-built homes. The proposed new homes are expected to be completed by 2018.
Pickering and Ferens Homes is playing a significant role in addressing the regional demand for housing suitable for older people, with 15 bungalows currently being developed in Longhill after the association secured £585,000 of funding from The Department of Health. Meanwhile, The Jacobs Homes development saw an investment of £2.4m, with 20 energy efficient bungalows opened in Askew Avenue, west Hull, last year.
Pickering and Ferens Homes’ chair Tom Hogan believes the funding for 94 more new homes signals a promising future for PFH. He said: “This funding supports our business plans and our ambitions to provide more high-quality homes for older people in Hull. It will help the affordability of these schemes and will support our plans for the association’s continued growth. We are committed to providing homes for people living within our local communities and to supporting the City’s neighbourhood regeneration.
“We are looking forward to getting started as we continue to address the significant demand for housing for older people in the city.”
Two sites have currently been identified and will be subject to further work and securing planning permissions. The new homes will continue to address Hull City Council’s ambitions to reinvigorate parts of the city after it received funding to complete a number of housing schemes over the last year.
Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for strategic and operational housing and also a Trustee of Pickering and Ferens Homes, said: “I am delighted the request for funding from Pickering and Ferens Homes to build more homes in Hull has been approved by the Homes and Communities Agency.
“There continues to be a shortage of housing for older people in the region, so I am sure these houses will be well received by all in the community.
“Pickering and Ferens Homes has an excellent reputation for building high-quality housing and it is fantastic to see the association directly addressing the needs of the older people in Hull.”