A development of more than 40 new homes in Stalybridge, Tameside, has received the thumbs up from local MP, Jonathan Reynolds.
Housing provider Onward has invested over £5m to deliver 44 two- and three-bedroom properties on the Cotton Meadows scheme, which is being built on the former Samuel Laycock School site.
Residents have already moved into 28 homes for “affordable” rent. These were completed in May and June, while a further six homes for “affordable” rent and 10 for shared ownership are due for completion in mid-August.
Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, visited the Cotton Meadows scheme to take a look around the show home, and discover how the development is expected to benefit local families.
“It’s superb to see a high-quality development like this and I’m particularly happy at the mix of shared ownership and affordable rent,” Reynolds said. “The fact that they are already 100% taken up shows the demand for high quality housing and the different ways for people to acquire it.
“We’ve got a lot of schemes now providing exactly the kind of housing products that we need. But the demand is so high for decent family homes that we need to do more of it. Certainly, more developments like this would be very welcome.”
Stalybridge North councillor Jan Jackson, who also attended the visit, added: “I’m so pleased that Onward has come into Stalybridge North. This is a fantastic development and all the properties have been occupied, which is great news. We need more affordable houses like this in the area to give more young couples a start on the property ladder.”
Stephen Heverin, growth and regeneration director at Onward, said: “Working together with our partners, we have been able to bring these high-quality homes to the area for local people. This is another example of Onward’s commitment to developing much-needed housing in the communities where we work, and we will continue to seek out further development opportunities in the future.”
Katie Wilde, 24, and Martin Mellor, 32, recently bought one of the shared ownership homes for themselves and their two young children.
Katie, a nurse at Tameside General Hospital, said: “We’re so excited, we can’t wait to move in. The house is absolutely ideal for what we need – it’s local, there’s plenty of room for the kids, and it’s a brand new home.”
The homes have been built by Rochdale-based construction firm Casey Group. Prices for a three-bedroom home for shared ownership started at £53,500 for a 35% share. Onward says they have all been snapped up.
Main image: (Left to right) Councillor Jan Jackson; Simon Pickering, sales manager at Onward; Katie Wilde; Stephen Heverin, growth & regeneration director at Onward; Martin Mellor; MP Jonathan Reynolds