Challenges as a result of the pandemic and especially challenging inflationary pressures did not stop us in delivering in 2022. We’ve delivered 277 affordable homes across the North West this year. We’ll be closing the year out with 470 under construction and even more in the pipeline for 2023.
Energy-efficient homes in Whitefield, Bury
The first completion of 2022 came in March when our Whitefield, Bury project wrapped up. Formerly the site of the Lord Clive public house, Mersey Drive now offers 21 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. We worked with Onward Homes to deliver this project, with each of the final homes being made available for affordable rent through Onward. Funding for the scheme was delivered through Homes England, as part of Onward’s 2016-2021 housebuilding programme. Designed efficiently, the flats have high levels of insulation installed throughout. Not only does this reduce energy bills and keep residents warm, this is also a more sustainable approach to building homes.
Mill transformation in Glossop, Peak District
July saw plans submitted for our development of a former mill site just outside of Glossop town centre. If permission is granted, the former Volcrepe Works and Easton House complex in Glossop will be cleared and replaced with two apartment buildings consisting of 60 apartments and 25 new affordable houses. The apartments will be placed on the open market for either sale or rent. This development also includes restoring two existing buildings and turning them into 13 new dwellings.
Plans approved for Clayton-Le-Moors
Throughout summer we continued to meet the demand for affordable housing in the North West, as we had our plans approved to build 127 new homes in Clayton-Le-Moors, Lancashire, in September. These will be made for affordable rent or home ownership through the North West housing association Onward Homes and aimed at over-55s looking to downsize. As a brownfield site bordering the Leeds-Liverpool canal, our development on the ‘Clayton Triangle’ will utilise this land efficiently and to meet the demand for housing.
Transforming police station into homes in Stalybridge
In August 2022, work at Stalybridge began, which is set to complete in June 2024. Working with Tameside Council and Great Places Housing Group, this £5.1 million project will transform Stalybridge police station into flats. The 24 one and two-bedroom flats that are being built with on-site care, creating supported living for adults with learning difficulties. The transformation of the police station will also create affordable housing and play a role in the wider regeneration of the town. This development will help Stalybridge become a hotspot for first time buyers and young families. Situated between Leeds and Manchester, this site is in a great spot for commuting into both cities and is also near the Peak District.
Fabric First Homes in Manchester
Our development at Lees Street in Openshaw has begun to handover with the houses the first to complete for One Manchester. The development delivers highly insulation homes through a fabric first approach, coupled with Air Source Hot Water Cylinders to help reduce running costs for tenants.
Our development at Morris Street in Radcliffe is moving towards completion with handovers expected in February 2023. This development delivers 25 homes, many of which will achieve A rated EPC’s. Our usual high fabric approach has been complimented on here with the use of Air Source Hot Water Cylinders and each home has a 2.5KW Solar PV system. This helps to reduce the running costs for tenants and will deliver a great selection of homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.
Meeting demand for smaller households on the Radcliffe Gateway site
In the final quarter of the year, plans were submitted for our Green Street scheme. 132 new homes have been planned to be built at the Radcliffe Gateway site. Of the 132 apartments, 75% would be designated affordable. These will consist of a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments to meet the high levels of demand for smaller households in the area. These homes in this mixed-tenure development will be available for social rent, rent to buy and market rent. The site has been identified as part of the Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework as a key placemaking site, with the plan also including a 13,000 sq. ft. mixed-use commercial building.