Paul Smith, SLG
Paul Smith said the Bury site has the potential to deliver homes along with community amenities

SLG acquires Bury land for housing

Strategic Land Group has secured a site in Pole Lane, Bury, with potential to accommodate 275 homes.

The deal is the largest one of three that have seen the Salford-headquartered land promoter acquire land with potential for 435 homes, the other two being in Kidsgrove and Kirton in Lindsey, North Lincolnshire.

The Bury site has been acquired from a private landowner and forms part of a wider site of 600 homes. Part of a proposed development allocation in the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the 30.8-acre site could also see the creation of a new neighbourhood centre, along with provision of public open space and a community orchard, plus improvements to existing recreation facilities and cycle routes.

Along with its potential inclusion in the GMSF, the site is also part of the Northern Gateway housing masterplan for Bury and Rochdale. Russell Homes secured a hybrid consent in March for up to 1,000 homes in South Heywood as part of this proposal.

Paul Smith, managing director of Strategic Land Group, said: “All three sites are located in areas with established housing need to support a growing population. The newly updated National Planning Policy Framework reaffirms the government’s commitment to closing the gap between housing supply and housing need. With this in mind, it’s great to be able to secure these sites, which have the ability to deliver much-needed new homes along with supporting amenities that allow communities to thrive.

“SLG marks its tenth anniversary this month and, while it’s great to be able to continue supporting landowners in releasing underused sites for genuine housing need, it’s dismaying how little has changed, with the yawning gap between housing stock and need continuing to widen. I sincerely hope that the next ten will yield more positive changes.”

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