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1,000 new homes by 2020

1,000 new homes by 2020

Wednesday 17 August 2016

1,000 new homes by 2020

Wednesday 17 August 2016

The company responsible for building and looking after States housing says it aims to build 1,000 new homes by the end of the decade.

In an update to its first Strategic Business Plan Andium Homes also says it’s likely to achieve its target of making all States properties meet “decent homes” criteria ahead of schedule, and that it wants to encourage more people to buy their own homes.

The company says by re-working existing sites it can build more than 600 homes over the next four years; that working with Jersey Property Holdings to unlock surplus States owned sites can deliver another 150 new homes; and that new sites will provide nearly another 300.

In the update Andium Homes goes on to say when it took over responsibility for States housing a lack of investment meant only 75% of the 4,500 homes met the minimum “Decent Homes” standard. If no money was spent on upgrading them that would have dropped to 50% by 2018.

Andium says, thanks to its investment, by 2015 88% of properties made the grade, and that it will have reached 100% by 2020 – four years ahead of schedule.

There are 1,100 households waiting for a rental home and nearly 400 further households seeking to purchase a property.

Andium says it’s up to the challenge: “We are already on site delivering 200 new homes at Le Squez and Lesquende. In addition, we have firm plans to provide more than 500 new homes on a number of sites including La Collette Flats and Ann Court. We are also active in the market to acquire new sites for the provision of several hundred more affordable homes for rental and purchase.”

Ian Gallichan, Chief Executive for Andium Homes, said: “As we move into our second year as Andium Homes we are proud of the excellent progress that has been made in delivering on the commitments made in our original plan.”

Deputy Anne Pryke, Housing Minister, said: “I am immensely pleased with the ambitious programme of work set out in Andium Homes’ revised Strategic Business Plan.” 

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Posted by Davey West on
To put the record straight on housing investment see the report produced by Proff. Whitehouse regarding funding pre the Andium quango takeover of housing. She wrote, had the States Treasury not removed from the housing department ( which was basically well run ) £21 to £25 million per annum to add to states income the housing dept. would have had more of a budget to effect repairs and new builds. It was unrealistic to expect the dept, to cover all costs on the amount left in their department budget.

Mirrors fog and Andium borrowing an extra £25 million per year over ten years does not explain what happens to the colossal amount of millions they receive in rents. Is the lions share still grabbed by the treasury ?
Posted by Andrea Mallet on
What they fail to mention is the size of all these developments (for example, tripling the number of units on La Collette from 49 to 147) and the impact it has on the surrounding areas. It is a disgrace that the voice of the people on every occasion is ignored or silenced. Deputy Ann Pryke, you should be ashamed! Ambitious? You are supporting Andium Homes, who have been given a free licence to systematically destroy areas of the island. I would like to stress that individuals are not opposed to redevelopment / improvement of current housing sites, but cramming so many people in an already built up area when the majority of the La Collette residents and the surrounding home owners, appealed time and time again, tantamount to begging and pleading, for you to reconsider a smaller development (doubling the number of units, not tripling) has been met with callous indifference. There is already woeful parking provision and the obvious increase in the level of traffic on one of St Helier's most dangerous road (Green Street). Absolute lunacy! Instead of building more housing, surely you should be tackling our population / immigration growth. It would curb the number of housing units we need to build and lessen the strain on our education and medical facilities. The whole process is flawed. Harve Des Pas (unaffectionately known as Chav Des Pas) has deteriorated to such an extent and my husband and I are left with no other option but to move.
Posted by June OKeeffe on
let me guess in town.....................
Posted by Havelock Jones on
A Mallett - agree our traitors in government have opened the immigration door to anyone with a pulse. What happened to preserving the environment. The roads are full of cars, there is building everywhere. The hospital cannot cope and the schools are full. I am off as soon as I can find a house to buy in a nice part of the UK
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