The lack of affordable housing is a major national issue and a top priority for City Mayor Paul Dennett.
Salford City Council and partners are working hard to deliver more affordable homes for both renting and buying in the city.
In April 2020 around 5,800 households were on Salford City Council’s housing register, a list of people who have been assessed as having a housing need.
Salford City Council calculates that the city needs an extra 613 affordable homes every year just to meet current need. These could come from new build, bringing empty properties back into use or converting commercial premises into residential.
At present around 280 new affordable homes are provided in Salford each year. That means, based on current availability and demand we need to increase supply by 333 homes a year.
The council provides affordable homes in a number of ways:
Around six per cent of affordable homes in Salford are provided through the planning system – the council requiring developers to provide affordable homes as part of the scheme. These homes are then owned and managed by housing associations (registered providers). This is comparable to or better than many other local authorities in the north west.
In future, we expect more affordable homes will be provided in this way.
Affordable housing in Salford is also funded through government grants to housing associations (registered providers). The funding is administered through Homes England. This is the main way in which new, affordable housing is provided in Salford.
Salford City Council also works with a range of organisations and partnerships to deliver more affordable housing.
Below is a list of partners currently delivering affordable homes in Salford:
It is clear that by working with our partners to increase much needed affordable housing supply is not sufficient to deliver the step change required. To augment and complement this, following government policy changes Salford City Council is directly delivering affordable homes.
One route is through Dérive (Salford) Ltd, a wholly owned city council company.
Set up in 2017 Dérive started trading as a wholly owned council company in June 2018. Its aim is to deliver 'truly affordable homes'. It has costed and funded a £15.8 million business plan to deliver 127 affordable homes by 2024. It completed its first units at Charlestown in 2019, with more homes expected in the coming years.
In October 2019 the council also secured funding from government to directly deliver 126 council homes. This followed lobbying by City Mayor and other leaders to remove council restrictions and regulations that prevented them delivering much needed council homes.