A report will be heard by the Council’s executive this week (Weds 16 October) to agree the disposal of land in east Manchester to housing provider One Manchester to be used for new social housing.
The land at Blackrock Street in east Manchester sits aside One Manchester’s major Grey Mare Lane regeneration project area, and will be disposed of by the Council on a long-term lease.
The City Council-owned land can accommodate between 22 and 25 two and three bed social homes to be managed by One Manchester as part of the first phase of the project, that will help build early momentum for the scheme.
Last month, the Council’s executive approved a report setting out Manchester’s ambitious target to deliver 32,000 new homes up to 2025, with at least 6,400 (or 20pc) to be affordable to Manchester people.
Early consultation around the Grey Mare Lane regeneration project last year announced a residential-led scheme focused on affordable homes, using the opportunity to update the area’s housing offer on a low carbon basis, and improve local open spaces and play areas, along with improved walking and cycling routes.
Funding for the Blackrock Street site had been obtained by One Manchester with the intention of starting on site in the spring of 2020, pending the approval of a planning application for the development.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “We need more affordable housing in Manchester and in order to build the numbers needed we must work in partnership with our social landlords. Using Council land to support development helps to enable high-quality affordable homes to meet this demand.
“This scheme with One Manchester will deliver up to 25 new family homes for social rent whilst unlocking much needed regeneration benefits for the wider community.
“I look forward to seeing more partnership opportunities like this in the very near future, so that we can deliver affordable, secure and sustainable homes for Manchester residents.”
David Williams, Executive Director of Assets and Growth at One Manchester, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Manchester City Council as an important partner in tackling the housing crisis in Manchester. The land at Blackrock Street will allow us to provide much needed affordable homes in an area which will benefit greatly from them, while working towards the carbon neutral target for Manchester.
“Our planned development on Blackrock Street will sit close to the Grey Mare Lane Estate regeneration project, which is an important project for One Manchester. As we work to develop our plans for the area, we will do so in partnership with residents and stakeholders throughout the area, to ensure that our developments are resident-led.”