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Birmingham City Council approves council homes on ‘Homes for Heroes’ sit


Land considered for ex-servicemen’s homes in Birmingham is to be used for council houses.

Birmingham City Council’s previous administration looked at building homes for veterans at Loftus Close in Bartley Green as part of the Homes for Heroes scheme.

Work to build 19 council homes began on Tuesday.

Current housing chief Tahir Ali said using the site for ex-servicemen homes was only ever “considered”.

The first 12 Homes for Heroes were opened in Merritts Hill, Bartley Green, last year as part of an initiative with the Alderson Trust, which helps provide homes for disabled ex-military people.

The council said at the time the homes were among more than 700 being delivered across Birmingham.

‘Absolutely committed’

Conservative councillor John Lines, who introduced the Homes for Heroes scheme when he was cabinet member for housing, has criticised housing bosses in the Birmingham Mail for approving the council homes scheme in Loftus Close.

But a council spokeswoman said homes for ex-servicemen were not being built at the site because the Alderson Trust, which would have financed the project, did not have the money.

She said the authority had never given a commitment to build homes for ex-service personnel in Loftus Close.

Labour councillor Mr Ali, the council’s cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “Back in 2011 the idea was only ever to explore this. It was never a done deal.

“If the Alderson Trust has the funding, we will work with them.

“We are absolutely committed to building homes for veterans and have already worked with the Ministry of Defence to build 58 homes in the past 18 months in Longbridge and Northfield.”

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