Building Communities Together: Greenfields unveils ambitious new strategy

Building Communities Together: Greenfields unveils ambitious new strategy
6th June 2019 James Calnan
CGG Building Communities Together

Greenfields Community Housing has announced a new strategy to build nearly 1,800 new homes and invest £73 million to improve existing properties.

Building Communities Together sets out how the East Anglian housing association will help tackle the housing crisis while working with communities to invest in homes and services.

The strategy has been shaped by Board, staff and residents, who agreed on priorities including continued investment in repairs and support services for residents and providing more new homes, including more available for social rent.

With rising homelessness and house prices, Building Communities Together commits Greenfields to build nearly 1,800 new affordable homes, while investing £73 million in existing homes to ensure quality and keep energy bills low.

Greenfields’ Community Gateway ethos will be strengthened, with communities joining them to hold them to account and create future homes and services. Innovation and digital technologies will ensure residents’ evolving expectations are met and services are available when required. This will be achieved through strong finances and continued investment in talented and motivated staff.

Emma Palmer, Chief Executive of Greenfields Community Housing, said: “Building Communities Together underpins our ambitious commitment to play our role in tackling the housing crisis in the East. We can’t wait to start delivering this strategy by working with residents and partners to deliver outstanding new homes and brilliant services in our communities.”

Dale Butcher, Chair of Greenfields Community Housing, said: “Our new strategy marks an exciting new direction for Greenfields, building on our excellent customer service, resident involvement ethos and financial strength to provide genuinely affordable homes and services in communities that need them.”

Ken Davies, Chair of the resident-led Community Gateway Group, said: “Residents’ views both helped shape this strategy and will continue to be at the heart of Greenfields. I’m particularly pleased it includes a large investment in residents’ homes and a focus on ensuring new homes can be afforded.”

Greenfields, formed in 2007 following a stock transfer from Braintree District Council, is on track to own and manage 9,000 affordable homes in Essex and Suffolk by 2020.

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