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Watson Homes has partnered with fellow Salfordians, Salix Homes, to deliver a new eco-friendly housing project in the city.

Salix Homes is a multi-award-winning social housing provider which owns 8,000 homes in Salford. We are working with them on the wider ‘Neighbourhood’ development.

The ambitious project will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, plus one and two-bedroom apartments built on two brownfield sites off Kara Street and Liverpool Street in Seedley South.

We will be building 91 homes of the 157-home development, comprising social housing, homes for affordable rent and properties for shared ownership and outright sale.

Salix Homes secured £3.3million from Homes England to help finance the multi-million-pound scheme.

Neighbourhood is a partnership project between Salix Homes and developer StepPlaces, which is responsible for delivering the remaining 66 market-sale properties on the scheme.

It has been purposefully designed to combine innovative architecture and contemporary living to create a vibrant and aspirational community of modern, high-quality and energy-efficient homes that will complement the wider regeneration taking place across the city.

The innovative design is a modern take on the traditional terrace house, complete with raised terrace gardens for some of the properties. There will be a public green space at the heart of the development, 86 trees planted, and all houses will have cycle storage and electric car charging points.

Our director, Rob Watson, said: “We have always been committed to working with housing association partners to build affordable homes in the places where they are most needed. As a Salford business, we can’t wait to bring this ambitious project to life for Salix Homes, creating a thriving, new community for local people.”

Terry McBride, development manager at Salix Homes, said: “The appointment of the contractor for Neighbourhood and the confirmation of Homes England funding marks the next important milestone for this ambitious scheme, and we can now look forward to seeing our vision for a new era of housing in Salford brought to life.

“Like Salix Homes, Watson Homes is firmly rooted in Salford and has an excellent track record of delivering high quality homes and investing in local areas, so we look forward to working alongside them to deliver this scheme which will provide much-needed new homes and breathe new life into the area.”

In total, 91 of the properties at Neighbourhood will be shared ownership, affordable rent or social housing, while 66 will be available for market sale.

Salford Council will purchase 25 of the homes for social rent, while a further five properties will go to Inspiring Housing Community Land Trust for a community-led housing model, which aims to support affordable homes for local people.

The 32 affordable rent homes will be allocated via Salford Home Search, while the remaining properties will be available via Salix Homes’ affordable homeownership brand – Willo Homes.

Work on the development is expected to complete in summer 2023 and we’ll be sharing updates along the way on LinkedIn so make sure to follow us.

As you know, we have a strong track record of working with housing associations to deliver high quality, affordable homes across Greater Manchester, including The Willows, Netherland Street and Melody Gardens in Salford.