Our multimillion-pound regeneration programme in Trafford has secured funding that will help us to significantly improve our existing homes and build new affordable homes to meet the growing demand.
Irwell Valley Homes, owns and manages over 1000 homes on the Sale West estate. Our ambitious regeneration programme will start in the summer of this year and will see us transform the estate over the next seven years.
As part of the work Irwell Valley Homes will be investing over £7.2 million to improve all of the homes we own there. Installing new kitchens, roofs, fencing, gates and boilers. Working with partners, we aim to secure further funding for improvements to the wider estate such as better roads, pedestrian and cycle routes, new play areas, improved parking bays and quality open spaces and landscaping.
Sasha Deepwell, Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Homes, said: “We are delighted to be making this significant investment in the Sale West estate. We are committed to providing great homes, in good neighbourhoods, and this major regeneration programme will help us to achieve this. As well as the improvements to the existing homes and estate, the new homes will give local people access to a home they can afford within their community.
She went on to say: “Over the last two months we have been working with local residents and partners to understand their aspirations for the area. By listening to their views, we have been able to identify what’s important to them and have used their feedback to influence our plans.”
She added: “Securing funding for the first phase of the programme is fantastic news and will help us to kick-start the regeneration. As well as progressing with the first phase of the work, we are working to secure the additional funding needed for the future phases to ensure we realise resident’s aspirations for the wider estate.”
The first phase of the programme has been boosted by a £5.4 million grant from Homes England, the government’s homes agency, to support an £11 million investment in building 79 new affordable homes for social rent. A planning application will be submitted in February and if successful, these new homes will be completed next year. Once complete they will offer a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom houses, plus a small number of one and two-bedroom apartments.
Christine Hill, Senior Specialist, Home Ownership and Supply at Homes England, said: “We are committed to working with partners to make homes happen in areas of greatest need. We’re delighted to be able to contribute key funding to this project, which will provide much-needed affordable homes for the local community.”
There are a further 200 new homes planned for the future phases of the programme which will be delivered subject to securing planning permission and the necessary funding.
Nexus Planning has been appointed as the planning consultant for the regeneration programme. They have overseen the consultation with residents and the planning application process with Trafford Council.
Rhian Stratton, Associate Director at Nexus Planning, said: “This is a very exciting time for residents on Sale West. Working closely with them and lots of other stakeholders has been integral in delivering a plan that will benefit existing and future generations living there and I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support.”
Local Councillor, and Mayor of Trafford, Rob Chilton said: “I am pleased to hear Irwell Valley Housing Association have obtained funding for improvements to the Sale West estate. As well as a commitment to improve existing properties, my colleagues and I are hopeful this will provide a much-needed increase in the number of properties available for local people. Sale West is a close-knit community, and the provision of more housing will mean local families will be able to stay in the area and bring their children up here in good-quality homes.”