Manchester City Council

Housing strategy

  1. ‘Our Manchester’, the Manchester Strategy 2016 – 2025, captures the vision for the city as a whole.

    Our Housing strategy vision is to create successful neighbourhoods that are well connected to areas of future opportunity and employment, and which attract and retain people from diverse communities where people feel secure and can reach their full potential. To achieve this we’re focusing on: 

    • Growth - Increasing the quantity of housing to ensure the right types of housing are available in the right places 
    • Place - Raising the quality and sustainability of our homes and neighbourhoods
    • People - Enhancing opportunities to access homes for residents with raised aspirations and a sense of self-esteem
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    Manchester has a great mix of available housing in our fantastic neighbourhoods across the city.  

    Over a third of our housing is owner occupied and in the last year 4 out of every 10 of homes sold to people wanting to own their own home in the city were affordable. Around 30% of our housing is privately rented and 30% is social housing.  With around 75% of all homes in Manchester falling into Council Tax bands A or B. 

    But Manchester is growing and we need new homes to meet the different and changing needs of our city. To guarantee the continued growth of the city for all its residents we plan to deliver more housing in places that are best-connected to future employment opportunities. 

    We’re working towards a more balanced housing market with a greater mix of higher-value homes, at the same time supporting Manchester residents to access decent housing that they can afford.

    To do this we’ll work with registered social landlords and developers to build 25,000 new homes over the next decade (2015-2025). These homes will be a mix of: 

    • Affordable homes for those getting onto the ladder and for Manchester families - that means housing where rent or mortgage payments cost 30% (or less) than the average Manchester income
    • High quality housing to attract those working in the city to live here
    • New homes that appeal to the needs of older residents -  including those who need extra support or care to maintain their independence, staying in their communities and out of hospital
    • Great social housing - we’ve committed to replacing every social home lost to demolition or right to buy
    • Great student housing to attract the best students to the city
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    We’re working with the better private landlords to improve the quality of private rented housing across the city. We’re also working with registered social landlords to bring empty homes back into use and to increase the number of large family homes available to rent. We are taking enforcement action against the poorer landlords and have created four selective licensing pilots across the city to drive up standards. 

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