SALFORD’s metro mayor Paul Dennett was guest of honour at the official launch of a new mixed tenure housing development in Boothstown.
The scheme, known as Edenfield, is being delivered by Arcon Housing Group in partnership with Bellway Homes. It features eight new social rent homes along with eight properties for “affordable” rent and five for shared ownership sale.
Dennett was joined by Ian Ankers, Arcon’s new group managing director, who took the mayor on a tour of the new homes.
Following the tour, they presented new residents Ashley Royle and Pauline Kamano with a welcoming bouquet of flowers.
“What’s great about this scheme is that Arcon is delivering homes for social rent, and that’s not happening at the scale I want to see nationally, or in Greater Manchester at the moment,” said Dennett. “To give you some indication of the scale of the challenge we’ve got 97,000 people on our housing waiting list across Greater Manchester.”
He added: “[W]e are celebrating eight social rented properties, eight affordable rented properties and five shared ownership, in this mixed development — this mixed community, with decent services in and around this area.
“This is what I believe in: mixed housing markets that ultimately respond to need. No one should be on housing waiting lists if they need a roof over their heads, and no one should be sleeping rough on our streets or be homeless.”
Ankers said: “On this one site we’re meeting a range of needs, and if you look around you can’t actually see any difference between each type of tenure of property, and that’s really important to us.
“At Arcon we believe in communities coming together, no matter what tenure the property, and everyone pulling together as one community.”
The launch was held just over a week since Arcon Housing announced it is joining the Bolton at Home Ltd Group as a subsidiary, with a group ambition to deliver 1,400 new homes by 2023.
Bolton at Home’s group chief executive Jon Lord was also at the Edenfield launch. He said: “I definitely believe that mixed tenure is the way that social housing should be delivered moving forward.
“Arcon’s recent joining of Bolton at Home will give business and financial heft to what was a small organisation. This will give them the capacity to deliver a lot more homes, but also to tap into what we’re doing around community investment.”
Main Image: New residents Ashley Royle and Pauline Kamano with Salford mayor Paul Dennett; Arcon managing director Ian Ankers; Bolton at Home group chief executive, Jon Lord; Councilor Tracy Kelly; Danielle Edwards-Cooke, housing officer; and Janine O’Connor, housing services manager (both Arcon Housing)