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 2019 6,094 people were on Salford City Council’s housing register, a list of people who have been assessed as having a housing need. This has gone up five per cent since 2018.
Salford City Council calculates that we need 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.
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. 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, like many other areas in the north, is predominantly funded through government grants to housing associations (registered providers.) The funding is administered through Homes England.
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:
Salford City Council is also 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 117 affordable homes by 2024. It completed its first units at Charlestown in 2019, with more homes expected in the coming years.
The council in October 2019 also secured funding from Government to directly deliver 101 council homes. This followed Government policy changes including lifting council borrowing restrictions that were lifted in 2018, enabling the council to secure funding.
This programme will deliver a range of one to four bedroom houses and apartments as social rent council houses in Ordsall, Langworthy and Pendlebury. Construction is expected to start in spring 2020 and be complete in late 2021.
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