Council leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, has announced that Tameside Council will be bringing around 90 acres of land in its ownership to market for new housing development in the borough.
The land, made up of former school sites and other council-owned land has the potential to deliver up to 1,500 residential units.
The announcement was made at the Tameside Residential Growth Summit held on Thursday at Dukinfield Town Hall and attended by over 100 major housing developers, landowners and others involved in the housing delivery chain. The summit provided an opportunity to learn about the borough’s current plans to accelerate housing delivery and find potential solutions to the housing crisis.
Cllr Quinn said: “Tameside is an ambitious council that is very much open for business and we want to transform our communities for the benefits of our residents. I am looking forward to hearing from housing developers and landowners on how we can deliver much needed new homes and address the housing shortage locally.”
Catherine Wignall, urban strategist at Deloitte Real Estate, told attendees: “Through ambitious initiatives such as Vision Tameside, Tameside Council is demonstrating its commitment to leading on economic growth. Excellent road and rail links to Manchester city centre and other Northern cities means that Tameside is in a strong position to take advantage of new residential development opportunities.”
Bill Enevoldsen, chief investment officer with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, added: “Access to public funds such as the £300m Greater Manchester Housing Investment Fund can be the crucial piece of the financial jigsaw and help get vital housing schemes started. We are already talking to developers and six projects are currently at the due diligence stage but we want to talk to a lot more. We are in a unique position to support housing schemes in Tameside to help speed up the delivery of much needed new housing of all types.”