Oldham Road Affordable Homes
The development will see the demolition of the vacant YES warehouse

Land deal struck for Newton Heath affordable homes

Dan Whelan

Manchester City Council has agreed to sell three acres of land to housing association One Manchester in order to bring forward 139 homes off Oldham Road.

A survey of the land found that it had a “nil or negative” value according to the council with a report to the executive stating “the disposal of land to One Manchester will involve the council forgoing a capital receipt of up to £129,000 in order to facilitate the scheme.” 

One Manchester, which was formed from a merger between two of Manchester’s largest housing associations, City South and Eastlands Homes, submitted plans for the TP Bennett-designed scheme at the end of January. 

The land is split into two plots which are separated by Newton Street, at the end of which is the grade two-listed Newton Silk Mill. 

The land was leased to catering supplies company Yikman Group in 2000 for 150 years but, despite having planned to develop the entire site into a mixed-use scheme, the only thing built in the intervening years was the YES warehouse which is stands vacant. 

Yikman Group has signed over the lease of the warehouse, which is set to be demolished, to L2 Property, a Surrey-based firm owned by the Leighton family, which is listed as joint applicant for the 139-home development. 

The project will be made up of 100 one- and two-bedroom apartments across two three-to-five-storey blocks and 39 semi-detached family homes that will be split equally between social rent and affordable rent.  

The ground floor of the apartment building will also include mixed used commercial and community opportunities.  

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The council’s decision to dispose of the land at “less than best value” ties into its pledge to deliver 6400 affordable homes between 2015 and 2025 which is 20% of the overall housing delviery target of 32,000 homes. 

Construction could start this year subject to planning approval.  

Cllr Suzanne Richards, executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “This is another 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 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.” 

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.” 

The project team includes TPM as landscape architect and Euan Kellie Property Solutions as planner.

Curtins conducted the flood risk assessment as well as advising on transport and travel.

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So. Much. Grey.

By Dont Bite

Too much red, well overbearing, change the colour of the townhouses to mix it up

By Anonymous

Perfect scheme, looks superb, great to see mixed uses too. As for the brick colour, they should keep it exactly as it is. They look smart and modern and the brick helps consolidate the area and the city’s identity. Too many different materials looks messy and ugly and undermines the city’s distinctive character and identity.

By Impressed

How can the land have a nil value? I am sure if it was put on the market it would get more than £129,000.

By Confused

Eye wiped !

By Del Boy

These look good. Are they going to bulldoze the old department store at the end of Church street? Newton Heath high street has potential. It has the canal too which is an asset.

By Elephant

How do you have an odd number of semi detached homes?

By John G

More dog kennels

By Fred

@ Elephant….I hope the old Co-op (?) building doesn’t go, although admittedly it looks like it is on life-support at the minute. Its a shame it’s stood for so long, been empty for ages and within a short period of a developer getting their hands on it, it is ripped out then abandoned in a worse state than it was before. It’s an attractive building and could have been converted to attractive flats but is likely to be replaced by something forgettable sadly.

By Allotmentlad

Look pretty good imo

By Anonymous