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Homes England Investment and the Bloc Partnership

Great Places has been a Homes England Investment Partner since 2004 and we have been a Strategic Partner since 2018.

It means we can secure grants and funding that help us deliver large development programmes throughout the North West and Yorkshire.

We retain this status and attract funding by ensuring we meet Homes England’s required annual performance thresholds and compliance requirements.

In recent years, Homes England’s funding has allowed Great Places to deliver thousands of much-needed affordable homes as well as accommodation that promotes independence and wellbeing for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Bloc Partnership — working together

We established the Bloc Partnership in 2004. Great Places lead the bidding for grants and the management of the affordable housing programme across the Bloc Partnership. The partnership seeks to achieve greater efficiency and high standards in the affordable new build homes sector, across the North West and Yorkshire.

Members include Ashton Pioneer Homes, Bolton at Home, Acron Housing, Wirral Methodist and Mosscare St Vincents.

There is a co-operation agreement in place, signed by all members so that assurance, quality and efficiency is achieved. The partnership is managed by a dedicated programme team at Great Places. The main benefits of this Bloc Partnership include:

  • Collaborative Homes England bidding — led by Great Places
  • Centrally managed programmes to promote consistency and accuracy
  • Ongoing management of timeframes throughout each project to make sure they are delivered to agreed targets
  • Sharing experience, knowledge and good practice to promote learning
  • Building strong relationships and communication channels with Homes England
  • Bloc partners benefit from discounted membership of the ICN framework

Care to join us?

For more information and membership enquiries contact Head of Programme, Nick Cumberland at nick.cumberland@greatplaces.org.uk.