Construction has started on 104 homes for social rent in Salford.
The homes are being built on three sites - Clifton Green in Pendlebury and Brassington Avenue and Ryall Avenue which are both in Ordsall. The developments are made up of 30 homes and 99 apartments including wheelchair friendly homes at all sites.
It is intended that the homes will become part of Dérive Housing’s portfolio – a company owned by Salford City Council.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It was fantastic to visit all three sites and see these homes, which will be available for social rent, beginning to take shape. We are in the middle of a national housing and homelessness crisis and providing affordable homes is a priority for the council and local people.
“We also have plans to provide even more homes across the city. Last December I approved a self-build residential development case that will be the largest programme of housing developments in Salford for 50 years. By summer next year we will have provided over 200 new affordable and social homes through the city council’s interventions.”
The homes in the three sites are being constructed by Seddon with the construction design and consultancy provided by Identity Consult.
Jonathan Seddon, CEO at Seddon said: "It’s great to be building homes in Salford again and we’re delighted to be partnering with the council to deliver these much needed schemes. We’ve been building and employing people in Salford for over 120 years; the region is part of our history and projects like these ensure it is part of our future too.”
The City Mayor was joined on the visits by Deputy City Mayor Councillor Tracy Kelly, Lead Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration and the council’s Chief Executive Tom Stannard. Representatives from Seddon and Identity also joined the visit.
Councillor Kelly said: “These homes are desperately needed by local people.
“We have almost 5,000 households on the housing register in our city and around 60 people bid for each home advertised.
“I would like to thank our partners for working with us to bring these much needed new communities to life and providing jobs and training opportunities for people in the city.”
Planning permission was approved for all the developments in October 2020. All the homes will be highly insulated, beyond current government standards, to reduce energy use and bills and lower their carbon footprint. Salford City Council is hoping this will encourage other housing developers to follow its environmental lead.