Homes England partners with Greater Manchester to boost housing delivery
An experimental Strategic Place Partnership has been agreed upon between Homes England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. If successful, the partnership will serve as a model for work between Whitehall’s housing agency and local authorities.
As part of the SSP, Homes England and GMCA will have a shared business plan that focuses on delivering town centre regeneration, affordable housing and growth locations.
The two groups will work together and with private and public sector partners to ensure the pipelines for these projects progress.
“This partnership will give a major boost to the work we’re already doing across Greater Manchester to address the national housing crisis,” said Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.
Burnham said the combined authority is seeking to build 30,000 affordable, net zero carbon homes by 2038. In order for GMCA to achieve this, he said that brownfield land needs to be unlocked and development must support “sustainable growth throughout the city region”.
“With the expertise, capacity, and funding tools at their disposal, and working alongside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and local council teams, Homes England has a vital role to play in this collective effort,” Burnham said.
Homes England chief executive Peter Denton said: “This new model of partnership is our way of responding to the most ambitious places where there is significant opportunity and a need to partner more closely,” said Peter Denton, chief executive of Homes England.
“Greater Manchester is a mature, well-established partner, with huge ambition and the ability to deliver. Together, we can pool our resources to support place-based growth and regeneration, including the supply of well-designed new homes.”
Homes England has agreed a similar programme with the Association of South Essex Local Authorities.