Manchester City Council is set to transfer council-owned land to the housing association One Manchester to deliver 139 new low-carbon homes.
The partly-vacant 1.2 hectare patch of brownfield land on Oldham Road in Newton Heath will become the site of 100 one and two bed apartments and 39 semi-detached family homes with private gardens.
These 139 new homes will be split equally between social rent and affordable rent, while the ground floor of the apartment building will be open for commercial and community use.
The announcement comes after the council confirmed earlier this week it would look to create its own council-led housing company to help it meet its target of 6,400 affordable homes by 2025.
Subject to planning approval, the Oldham Road project is due to start on-site construction later this year.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “This is another brilliant example of partnership working between the council and One Manchester, using council land and their development acumen to deliver low carbon, affordable homes for Manchester.
“This is exactly what we need to be doing to meet our target to deliver at least 6,400 affordable homes up to 2025.
“This sort of partnership will continue as we work to increase home building across the city, along with the creation of a council-led housing delivery company that will ensure we are using the land resources at our disposal to deliver as much housing as possible for Manchester people.”
The new 139 homes will be built to Passivhaus standards using smart design and build methods, lowering their carbon footprint and support the council’s aim of making Manchester a zero-carbon city by 2038.
The homes’ location next to Newton Heath tram stop and numerous bus stops will make them highly accessible, meaning that residents will have less of a need to travel by car.
David Williams, executive director of assets and growth at One Manchester, said: “We’re proud to be partnering with the council on another scheme, which will see new, affordable homes developed in Newton Heath.
“This scheme is part of our larger programme to provide new, low carbon properties in the heart of Manchester, supporting both local people to access affordable homes, and supporting the council in meeting their carbon targets.”
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