SALFORD council has struck a deal with construction firm Seddon to sell some of its land for the construction of new “affordable” homes.
The council is selling the land, at Astley Road in Irlam and Cadishead, for £690,000.
Under the deal, Seddon, which is working with Great Places Housing Group, would build 27 new homes on the site, subject to planning approval.
“It is about time this derelict, brownfield land was brought back into use and these proposals for affordable homes is great news for this city,” said Salford’s city mayor, Paul Dennett.
“All homes on the site will be affordable. These include a mix of six affordable homes, six for social rent, 10 for shared ownership and a further five social rented/affordable homes for the council’s new company Dérive.
“There are 39 bids for every affordable home we advertise and homeless presentations continue to rise. People are desperate for affordable homes in this city.”
Councillor Tracy Kelly, the council’s lead member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: “A big thank you goes to Homes England which has provided a contribution of £900,000 and worked closely with Great Places to move this affordable development forward as affordable homes are much needed.
“In Salford we have 6,280 households on the housing waiting list, 191 people in statutory temporary accommodation and 115 in A Bed Every Night accommodation. And that is against a 12 per cent drop in the number of developers starting on site to build affordable homes last year.
“We must continue to do all we can to help provide homes for people in this city.”
The council has not used the land since 2013 when services at the offices were relocated to other council buildings and in March 2017 the building on the site was demolished due to its poor condition.
Detailed site investigations showed the ground contained high levels of peat which would need to be removed before any development could take place, so the council successfully bid for £342,000 from the Land Reclamation Fund (LRF) to pave the way for development.