Affordable homes plan for Manchester could see 2,000 new builds a year

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Under new plans from the city council up to 2,000 affordable homes a year could be built in Manchester

Plans to boost the number of affordable homes in Manchester have been set out by the city council. The Housing Affordability framework was approved by the local authority’s executive and sets out plans to ensure a “strong supply of decent, secure housing” for households that earn below the average income for the city. This means between 1,000 and 2,000 new properties could be built each year.

The city council said it would work with both public and private sector partners to deliver the affordable properties. Access to funding streams such as the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will also be utilised to help with construction.

Affordable Homes Programme

Manchester saw some 2,721 homes built during the last five years as part of the Affordable Homes Programme. However, Right to Buy, Right to Acquire and demolition of 1,800 properties means the number of homes available was much less.

Councillor Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is leading the way to ensure the city can deliver decent and secure housing that meets the needs of residents that are below the average income for the city.

“Decent housing shouldn’t be a luxury. It should be something that everyone in Manchester can enjoy. We intend to make sure up to 2,000 homes a year are built that are decent, secure and affordable.”

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