Members will be asked to agree the sale of a piece of land to a Manchester housing provider so it can be used for social housing at a meeting of the executive this week (Thurs, 19 December).
The partnership between the City Council and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group will see the currently unused land at the former Oakwood Resource Centre, Longley Lane in Northenden developed for social rent homes.
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) have worked up indicative plans for 20 semi-detached family homes across a mix of two and three bed properties.
This number could increase if the provider is successful in acquiring a further adjacent plot. The development will be subject to WCHG gaining planning permission for the site.
The news follows another successful scheme at Blackrock Street in East Manchester. The council were able to provide the land and, in partnership with One Manchester, deliver 25 much needed social homes as part of their regeneration project in the Grey Mare Lane area in Beswick. .
In September, the Council’s executive was asked to approve updated plans around delivering new affordable homes across the city. The Council committed to delivering 6,400 new affordable homes up to 2025, with a significant amount to be made available as social rental homes.
To meet our affordable housing targets, the Council will need to continue to work closely with the city’s housing providers - who can access funding to build new homes - to deliver housing on Council-owned land and help meet demand.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Demand for social housing is high across the city, so it’s great to see another partnership bloom to increase the delivery of new safe, high-quality homes.
“It’s vital we work close with our housing provider partners to be able to unlock as much development potential using Council-owned land as possible, and meet the needs of our residents.
“We are determined to meet the housing crisis head-on and we will see more of this type of partnership in the coming months.”
Group Chief Executive, Nick Horne, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to purchase this land which if approved will see another exciting development create much needed social housing in Northenden. We have a diverse vibrant community with a young and growing population and this development of new homes will be another landmark development for WCHG. The development will also provide training and job opportunities for local people, and support the Housing Group’s vision of making Wythenshawe a place where people choose to live and work.”