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Build to Rent round 2 shortlist announced

Tenants are to get a greater choice of newly-built homes to rent, under plans announced last week.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins published a shortlist of developments in areas including London, Manchester, Liverpool and Kirklees, which could benefit from a share of the £1billion Build to Rent fund to deliver homes specifically for private rent.

Up to 6,500 homes will be built using this additional funding – meaning the Government is well on track to have work underway by 2015 to deliver up to 10,000 newly built homes for private rent.

The Build to Rent fund is designed to help developers build large scale, quality homes specifically for the private rented sector.  By demonstrating the viability of the large-scale market the Government is laying the foundations for future private investment in the sector.

Through round one of the scheme, 18 projects are either in the final stage of due diligence or contracting stage, with around half of these projects in London but also in places including Durham, Liverpool and Birmingham. Construction has also already started on two Build to Rent developments in Southampton and Manchester.

The 36 projects on today’s shortlist from round two will also now go through this due diligence process, with successful bids receiving funding to deliver new homes.  They include:

• Housing Capital Trust – who plan to build over 500 homes for rent in Manchester; • Stanley Dock Properties – who plan to build over 100 homes for rent in Liverpool; • Imperial West – who plan to build 192 homes for private rent in Hammersmith and Fulham; and • Development Securities – who plan to build nearly 350 homes for rent across Brent, Greenwich and Redbridge

Around 80 per cent of the projects listed are in London – reflecting the demand for good quality, private rented accommodation in the Capital.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said:

“The private rented sector offers a flexible option to millions of people looking to rent good quality homes.  The Build to Rent fund will give tenants far more choice over where they live and raise the standard of the properties on offer.

“So I’m pleased that so many developers have applied for a share of our £1billion fund, and that we are well on track to have work underway by 2015 on 10,000 new homes specifically for private rent.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“With a soaring population and unprecedented demand for new homes in the capital we have set the most ambitious targets in the GLA’s history to help provide the homes hard working Londoners need. The private rented sector has a huge part to play in this. Boosting the supply of good quality well-designed homes to rent will lead to a more balanced rental market, improved services for tenants, and helps bring forward new development, while stimulating economic growth in the capital.”

Margaret Allen, Interim Executive Director for Programmes and Recoverable Investment at the Homes and Communities Agency said:

“The volume and quality of bids we have received for round 2 of Build to Rent Programme is encouraging.  We are looking forward to working with our partners and the shortlisted bidders to take the submissions through the due diligence process and to support the delivery of the successful bids.”

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