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Housing Corporation unveils affordable housing pre-qualifiers

The Housing Corporation has unveiled the first ever commercial developer pre-qualifiers bidding for a slice of the £3.9 billion National Affordable Housing Programme to build 70,000 homes.
House builders and contractors along with housing associations are now invited to submit detailed bids for the social housing grants.

The list includes Persimmon, Taylor Woodrow, Rok Build, Galliford Try, David Wilson Homes, Lovell, Westbury, Miller, Fairclough Homes, Bellway, George Wimpey, Keepmoat, Fairview, Gleeson, Berkeley Group, Mansell and Barratt Developments.

Over £1.7 billion has been earmarked to build 20,000 homes in London, £356 million for 7,000 in the east of England, £166 million will fund 3,000 homes in the east Midlands and £198 million for 4,000 in the west Midlands.

The south east will get £744 million for 20,000 houses, £281 million for around 8,000 in the south west, Yorkshire and the Humber will receive £138 million for 2,500, the north east will get £82 million for 4,000 homes and the north west is in line for £224 million for 4,000 units.

Successful bidders will need to show that their proposed schemes meet the local priorities set out in the Regional Housing Strategies. The deadline for submissions is early October and the winners will be announced in early 2006.

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