Manchester’s maiden This City scheme progresses
Located on Rodney Street in Ancoats, the 128-home scheme will include a 30% provision of homes available at the Manchester Living Rent.
The Manchester development will comprise a mix of homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses. All of the properties will be built to low carbon standards, according to the council.
In addition, a total of 30% of the new homes will be available at the Manchester Living Rent.
This means that the rents for these homes will be set at or below the Local Housing Allowance level – as set by central government – and so will be accessible to people on full housing benefit, the council said.
A second round of consultation on the Rodney Street project is now open and will run until 7 June.
A planning application will be lodged next month.
The development is the first project Manchester City Council is delivering through its new housing delivery company, This City.
This City was formed earlier this with the aim of delivering 500 homes a year.
“We have to be innovative and ambitious in our home building plans to help meet the growing demand for housing in Manchester,” said Cllr Bev Craig, leader of Manchester City Council.
“We are refreshing our Housing Strategy to build 10,000 social and genuinely affordable homes over the next decade. The This City model has a lot of potential and will help deliver the homes that our residents need.”
Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, added: “This development reacts to a range of challenges, including bringing underused land back into use while delivering the new high quality, low carbon homes that our residents need.”
Buttress Architects designed the project and Wates Construction has been appointed as main contractor.
The Rodney Street development is to be funded by borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board.
The city council has approved £33m of borrowing to finance the Ancoats project and the second scheme, an 82-home development on Postal Street, first revealed by Place North West.