News Former England Captain Rio Ferdinand Build 1000 Affordable Homes

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is hoping he can leave a lasting Legacy on one of the country’s most deprived areas after announcing plans to build more than 1,000 affordable homes in Houghton Regis.

The ex-England captain has teamed up with fellow footballers Mark Noble of West Ham United and Bobby Zamora of Brighton & Hove Albion to create the charity scheme which he hopes will revitalise the Kingsland area.

Work is due to start on Legacy’s pilot scheme next year with the 22-hectare site also benefiting from a sports academy.

“We aim to help all young people develop to their full potential,” said Ferdinand, who grew up on a council estate in Peckham.

“My teammates and I have seen at first-hand the transformational effect that football can have on young lives.

“It transformed my life and I intend to use my platform to forge a legacy for young people everywhere.

“Legacy is building for people by responding to the needs of local communities and, by doing this across the UK, we will be building a brand and a long-term relationship with the people who live in our homes.”

Brandon Lewis, Housing and Planning Minister, added: “The Houghton Regis project that Legacy are announcing with Central Bedfordshire Council will show the way to creating vibrant communities, backed by private sector investment, and using new and innovative approaches to building new homes to buy and rent.”

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