City council working with Accord and Keepmoat to offer training courses for local people throughout the project

Duncan Tift of Business Desk reports that – following a ground-breaking ceremony – Accord Group and its partner Keepmoat have started work on a new £3.6m housing development on the site of a former supermarket and petrol station in Sparkbrook, completion date: end of October 2017.


One and two bedroom apartments, available for affordable rent by local people, are being built on brownfield land, located off Stratford Road, to higher specifications of thermal efficiency, in order to ‘eradicate instances of fuel poverty’. Alan Yates, Executive Director of Regeneration for the Accord Group, highlighted the innovation behind the scheme.

He said: “Accord Housing Association remains committed to helping to address local housing needs. By regenerating brownfield sites, we are finding new uses for such sites and building out much needed affordable rent homes. These homes will offer customers well insulated and thermally efficient homes potentially resulting in lower running costs and lower heating bills.” Dave Mellor, Regional Director for Keepmoat, added:

“We will be working with the council and Accord to ensure we employ local apprentices and offer training courses for local people throughout the project. The UK’s shortage of affordable housing is well-documented, so it’s great to be involved in such an important project, where local employment, energy efficiency and affordability are high on the agenda and where much needed new homes will be well-received. I’m sure the new homes will be extremely popular.”