Published: 19th Mar 2020

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has bought two plots of land near the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital with the intention of building affordable housing for nurses and other key workers. With the housing crisis also affecting health professionals, the WMCA has stepped in to buy the industrial land, which is a short walk away from the hospital which is currently under construction in Sandwell. WMCA says they will build high-quality new houses and apartments, at least 40 of which will be affordable homes available specifically to those on modest incomes. The authority will now clean up the sites before submitting a planning application. A development partner will then be secured to deliver around 200 homes while implementing its standard funding condition that requires at least 20% of all the new properties to be affordable. This will be set against its new landmark regional affordable housing definition announced last month. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)