Plans have been unveiled to invest £206 million in building 3,500 new council homes in Birmingham over the next decade.
They will be a mixture of flats and houses, with half earmarked for council tenants and the other half to be sold at affordable prices.
Birmingham is only of only two councils currently building new council homes. The other is Islington in London.
The homes will be in all wards of the city and built through the council’s housebuilding arm, the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.
The programme was approved by the council’s cabinet yesterday when members were told demand for affordable housing in the city was rising.
There are 26,000 households on the council’s waiting list and the average age of the housing stock is 60 with no other replacement programme on the horizon.
City housing boss Coun John Lines (Con, Bartley Green) said: “This is an exciting report because it means 3,500 new homes will become available through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.”
Money for the scheme will come from the Homes and Communities Agency and from the sale of council-owned land.
Of the 3,500 properties, 1,759 will be for rent and 1,715 put up for sale.
Coun Les Lawrence (Con, Northfield) said: “This continues what has been a very important de-development of the complete stock of housing across the city.”
Liberal Democrat leader, Coun Paul Tilsley (Sheldon) said: “The fact Birmingham has such an ambitious programme to build 3,500 properties shows we are taking the lead in building municipal housing.”
In the first phase of the building scheme, the cabinet also yesterday gave final approval to start work on 183 new homes, of which 110 will be rental for council tenants.
These will be in Meon Grove, Sheldon; Old Moat Way, Ward End; Owens Croft and Brooklea Grove, Kings Norton; Grange Farm Drive, Kings Norton and Georges Park in Lozells.