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New name and big plans for merged housing associations

Coast & Country's steeplechase development in Redcar It has been confirmed we are merging with Yorkshire Coast Homes to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018. 

Beyond Housing will serve customers in more than 15,000 homes across the North East and North Yorkshire. Its combined scale and resources will allow it to do more for customers and communities.

This includes plans to:

  • Build more new homes than either of our organisations would individually be able to
  • Increase focus on regeneration with plans to address the serious issues evident in some of our most deprived communities
  • Continue the high levels of investment into existing homes, investing £150m in the first five years to ensure they remain safe, secure places people are proud to call home
  • Meet the challenges of the ageing population in the north east and Yorkshire through providing a combined Independent and Supported Living service to over 8,000 vulnerable people.

We have a current rental stock of more than 10,500 homes, the majority in Redcar and Cleveland while Yorkshire Coast Homes has around 4,500 properties along the Scarborough and North Yorkshire coast.

Both organisations have built reputations for providing high quality affordable homes within safe, secure and thriving communities. We have also developed wide-reaching support networks to ensure our customers have every possible opportunity to improve their lives and reach their goals.

James Hayward, Chair of Shadow Board for Beyond Housing, said: “This is a really exciting time for all our customers, staff and stakeholders. We truly believe the merger provides us all with a bright future and gives us more opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives. Our customers will sit at the heart of this and will continue to be the focus of everything we do and our name, Beyond Housing, perfectly reflects the ethos of the new organisation.”

Peter Lenehan, Acting Chief Executive for Coast & Country, said: “Our organisations have much in common in terms of values, social purpose and commitment to our heartlands. By working together as Beyond Housing we can achieve even more to benefit our customers and communities across the north east and North Yorkshire.”

Owen Ingram, Interim Chief Executive for Yorkshire Coast Homes, said: “Our plans are ambitious and only possible to achieve by working together. Beyond Housing, a larger, stronger organisation provides increased opportunity for directing resources to essential areas such as new-build development, making us better equipped to address the region’s urgent need for more affordable housing.”

Beyond Housing has started the recruitment process for a Chief Executive