The Homes & Communities Agency today said it would work with Bolton Council and Bolton Community Homes to start delivering new units in summer 2010 through its Transforming Estates initiative.
The HCA has been working with Bolton Council and its arms length management organisation, Bolton at Home, to develop a formal partnership. Contracts are expected to be signed on the first sites this autumn to deliver the first 40 new affordable homes for rent and will go on to build a further 150 new homes the next year.
Deborah McLaughlin, HCA regional director, said: "Our role at the HCA is to create places where people choose, and can afford to live and I can think of no better example of our work on the ground than in Bolton."
Nick Peel, Bolton Council's executive member for housing, added: "Like all local authorities, we have a real shortage of affordable housing and we're committed to tackling the issue for our residents who are struggling to buy or rent property."
Over the next 12 years, the Transforming Estates programme will:
- Deliver 6,000 homes, of which 3,000 will be for sale and 3,000 for affordable rent, the latter developed and managed by Bolton Community Homes.
- The Council will contribute around 100 hectares of land that will be supported by an ambitious environmental programme – Great Estates – to transform the quality of these neighbourhoods
- Residents' involvement will be at the heart of all these improvements, the HCA said, through innovative and inclusive consultation