Housing boost for Manchester
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by Elly Hanna — No comments
The government has pledged £126m to Greater Manchester to build 4,000 new affordable homes.
The schemes include:
- A consortium of Greater Manchester housing associations, led by New Charter, has bagged £87m alone, with plans for nearly 2,800 homes.
- Salford social housing provider Salix Homes, allocated £1.3m for 44 homes.
- First Choice Homes Oldham, handed £5.9m for 181 units.
- Southway Housing Trust (Manchester), given £7.3m for 291 homes.
- The Guinness Partnership, handed £7.8m for 259 homes.
- Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, allocated £3.3m for 99 homes.
- Oldham council has also been given £1.8m for 70 homes.
- Manchester town hall £2.8m for 75 properties.
Manchester Council has pledged to build up to 2,000 affordable homes each year, half to rent and half to buy - and each costing no more than 30 per cent of the average monthly income. Another £81m was handed to council and housing association bosses elsewhere in Greater Manchester for another 2,200 affordable homes. About £1.2bn has been set aside for the Starter Homes Land Fund. Homes will be built on brownfield sites across the region. About 56 new council homes are planned to be built in North Manchester – the first council houses built in the city since 2012. The City Council and Northwards Housing will spend over £1m on the homes, which are planned to be finished by March next year. Another £2.85m invested from the Homes And Community Agency will see 75 more homes built in North Manchester by 2021.
Demand for affordable housing is so high in Salford that 28 people bid for every property that becomes available, which is despite another new 461 affordable properties having been made available in the last year. Salford will have nearly 1,000 new council houses built by 2021 – again, the first time the city has built its own public housing stock for three decades. Back in the 1960s and 1970s Salford had a housing stock of just under 20,000 homes, which finally became extinct in 2014 when tenants voted to switch the remaining 8,500 to private ownership through Salix Homes. Although 17 per cent of new homes provided in Salford last year were affordable, one of the best rates in Greater Manchester, the city still needs 760 new affordable properties each year to meet demand, with 1,100 being built in 2016.
Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open and urbanisation resisted. The Green Belt developments will be expected to have less affordable housing than the brownfield sites, therefore opening the opportunity for much more affordable housing within the city centres and an increase in Housing Association stock for years to come.
Under current plans the 1,246 identified brownfield sites could deliver 100,103 homes against a need for 227,200 homes by 2035. Over 80 new build sites suggested by developers are on green belt, with development giant Peel suggesting plans for at least 20,000 houses mostly on green belt, around Salford, Bolton and Bury.
The shortage of houses is an issue that’s hovering over us; if nothing is done, it will become a serious social problem. Faced with various difficult options, it will require a serious amount of planning from the authorities to solve, with collaboration of experts from across several industries.
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