Thousands of affordable homes in pipeline as north and east Manchester becomes focus for housing development

A scene of the Silk Street development in Newton Heath

Since 2016, Nearly 4,000 affordable homes have either been completed or are in the pipeline for the north and east of the city – including 1,081 social rented homes.

Increasing the number of affordable homes in the city has been a key priority for the City Council in the recent years to help meet demand as the city’s population continues to grow at scale – and across the city the number of affordable homes either completed or in the pipeline is expected to exceed 7,500 up to 2025. 

50,000 new residents have moved to Manchester in the last five years and the city’s home building has had to expand quickly to accommodate, while also easily surpassing the city’s ambitious target to help build at least 6,400 affordable homes between 2015 and 2025.  

A large number of these homes either have been or will be built in the north and east of the city, where demand for affordable and social housing is high – taking advantage of under utilised, brownfield land.  

In the last five years, 954 affordable and social homes have been completed in north and east Manchester, with 855 homes either with planning approval or planning pending.  

The expectation was that affordable homes completions would increase year on year, and this has become reality as 2,077 homes are in the pipeline to be built up to 2025.  

Across the rest of the city (Central, South, Wythenshawe and City Centre), more than 2,500 affordable homes have been either built or in the pipeline (between 2015 and 2025) - including 630 social homes.  

The news comes as two key Council schemes in north Manchester move forward.  

Collyhurst Village – part of the Victoria North programme – has received planning permission for 244 new homes (including 100 for social rent) - the first major development in the area for 50 years.  

And a planning application has been submitted for an affordable development at Silk Street in Newton Heath for 69 low carbon social homes, including properties for older people.  

Last month, the City Council announced a full review of Manchester’s housing strategy to better react to local issues, including affordability and sustainability.  


Find out more about the city’s Housing Strategy Review 


Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing, said:

“These numbers are incredibly encouraging and show beyond doubt that Manchester has risen to the challenge of increasing the number of decent, affordable homes that the people of this city can access.  

“But importantly, it also highlights our focus on local communities. Sometimes the focus of the city is on the city centre, but we are committed to building the homes in local communities, which mean we can support people to stay in their local area – close to family and friends – while also increasing the numbers of homes across all tenures in the city to meet demand.” 

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