Funding to kick-start Hull regen scheme
Hull Council will begin work on delivering almost 1,500 new and refurbished homes after it received long-awaited approval for £8 million of government funding.
The council, along with development partner Keepmoat Homes, has received confirmation of the grant from the Regional Growth Fund more than a year after it was provisionally awarded.
It can now go forward with the development of 1,475 co-efficient homes as part of a £135 million 13-year investment programme.
‘It’s disappointing that local residents have had to wait so long for this announcement, but better late than never,’ said John Black, the portfolio holder for strategic and operational housing at the council. ‘The funding is desperately needed to regeneration the Hawthorn Avenue area and create hundreds of local jobs over the next 13 years. We can now get on with the job and start to make the much needed improvements to the area that the residents and the city deserve.’
The money will be used to boost a Keepmoat-led project already underway in Hawthorn Avenue and Woodcock Street, as part of a wider regeneration scheme in Newington and St Andrews.
‘The ongoing regeneration of Hull is extremely important to the community, as well as everyone directly involved with the project, and so we are delighted that this funding has now been confirmed,’ said David Carmichael, partnership manager at Keepmoat.