Minister visits new Rugby neighbourhood to promote 'Midlands engine' - The Rugby Observer

Minister visits new Rugby neighbourhood to promote 'Midlands engine'

Andy Morris 18th Oct, 2017   0

A FAST-growing new neighbourhood in Rugby is helping put local businesses and residents ‘in the driving seat’ of the Midlands Engine, according to a Government minister during a visit to Houlton.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed progress being made on the old mast site, where the first of 6,200 new homes are already taking shape as part of investment into the ‘Midlands Engine’ – a Government strategy to increase economic growth and productivity across the Midlands.

He heard how Houlton is already creating jobs, supporting businesses and encouraging growth as part of the strategy to deliver 600,000 homes across the Midlands over the next 15 years.

Mr Javid said: “I’m determined to make sure the Midlands continues to be a great place to live and offers good quality housing to the people that live and work here. It’s a key theme to the Midlands Engine and that’s why it’s great to see the start of 6,200 homes being built here in Rugby.

“The Midlands is essential to our national economic success and we have an ambitious vision for the region. That’s why we committed £392m to the region through the Local Growth Fund earlier this year.

Accompanying him on the visit, Chair of The Midlands Engine Partnership Sir John Peace said: “The Midlands Engine Vision for Growth sets out our ambition to add at least £54bn of extra growth to the UK economy by 2030. That means playing our part in building the homes the nation needs.

“Building these homes is not only necessary to attracting and retaining the workforce of the future, it will also contribute directly to increased productivity.

“A commitment to enhancing the quality of life of those who live, learn and work in the region is at the heart of our ambition for accessible and well-designed housing. This development is an excellent example of how we are working together to shape great places.”

Richard Coppell, Development Director for Urban&Civic which is leading the Houlton house-building programme, added: “It is important for people across the UK to see what the Midlands has to offer in terms of industry, housing, infrastructure and community, and so the visit today will highlight that, and hopefully encourage more people to consider the region as a place to set roots as its economy grows.”


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