Top housing experts from across the UK have visited Walsall to learn more about the great work being done to create communities residents are proud of.

Commissioners from the Great Places programme were shown around Goscote, where more than 800 homes are being built by leading Midlands landlord whg, to see how housing associations are creating great places to live.

The Goscote Lane Corridor regeneration programme is the largest building scheme of its kind in the borough.  Once completed, the scheme will have delivered more than 800 new, energy-efficient homes to North Walsall.

As part of their whistle stop tour, the commissioners, who included Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, met with residents to find out how the area has changed and the positive impact it has had on their lives. They also found out about how whg is investing in wider neighbourhood improvements in order to achieve sustainable long-term change in the area.

Gary Fulford said: “whg firmly believes that a community cannot be built by bricks and mortar alone. By investing in social regeneration projects aimed at improving the health of residents and their training and job prospects, we aim to create great neighbourhoods where people and communities can flourish.

“As part of the Goscote regeneration programme we have worked closely with customers to ensure that we design and deliver housing that meets their needs and creates a place people can be proud of. We were delighted to have this opportunity to showcase this work to the Great Places commissioners.”

The National Housing Federation's Great Places programme aims to address the specific housing challenges associated with the North and the Midlands. As part of the project commissioners are speaking to housing associations to discover how they can play a key role in regenerating areas in economic decline. Their findings will be used to influence Government policy.

Partners for the Goscote Lane Corridor regeneration programme include Walsall Council, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) and Homes England. It has also been supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund.