Phase one of our £50 million regeneration programme in Trafford has secured planning approval from Trafford Council. This will significantly improve the estate and enable us to build new affordable homes there to meet the growing demand.
We already own and manage over 1000 homes on the Sale West estate, which we plan to transform over the next seven years. The first phase of the estate regeneration programme was approved at Trafford’s Planning Committee on the 18th June 2020 with a unanimous vote in favour. The plans were submitted by Nexus Planning and designed by AEW Architects on behalf of Irwell Valley Homes, and include 79 new affordable homes on underused land on the Sale West Estate at a cost of £11m.
Rhian Stratton, Project Director for Irwell Valley Homes, said: “This is the biggest estate regeneration project in Greater Manchester for over a decade. In addition to the investment in new homes, Irwell Valley Homes is investing £7 million in existing homes on the estate, installing new kitchens, boilers, roofs, painting and fencing. Plus working with partners, to secure further funding for the improvements to the wider estate including 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 have gained approval for the first phase of the regeneration of 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: “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. We’re absolutely delighted to have the plans approved so that we can now deliver this for them!”
Irwell Valley Homes has received a £5.4 million grant from Homes England, the government’s homes agency, to support the £11 million investment building the 79 new affordable homes in the first phase. These will be completed over the next two years and 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.”
The Masterplan for the estate has been developed with residents and stakeholders, through an extensive community consultation programme that took place last year.
Peter Tooher, Executive Director at Nexus Planning’s Manchester office, says: “We’re thrilled with this decision. Trafford Council’s approval of the Sale West Masterplan will improve the quality of the built environment for residents of the estate. It will open up new access routes across the estate, provide more high-quality children’s play areas and seating, improve hard and soft landscaping, and enhance pedestrian routes. These improvements should establish a strong sense of place and ensure the estate is an attractive place to live.”
The grant of permission has also confirmed the principle of development for later phases of the scheme, which could come forward as age friendly apartments or residential care, dependent on funding. A total of 263 new homes could ultimately be delivered on the estate.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council Council’s Executive Member for housing and regeneration, said: “I am delighted that the first phase of the regeneration of Sale West has been approved by our planning committee. One of the Council’s main priorities is to provide great, affordable homes for residents and this application certainly meets that criteria. We have listened to residents throughout the planning process and now look forward to the new homes being built.”