There is an acute need for more affordable homes across Greater Manchester (GM) and we are playing our part delivering 1250 new homes over the next five years.
Last year we became an investment partner with Homes England and are currently delivering on sites across GM, with £20.3 million invested to date in the region. This includes new homes to rent and to buy, plus supported housing that is needed to help people live independently and reduce the pressures on health and social care services.
In Bolton we are developing in partnership with Bolton at Home to bring a derelict, prime located site back into residential use. This significant development will be instrumental in kick-starting the regeneration of Bolton Town Centre. Once complete it will provide 118 affordable new homes for a mix of tenures, including 17 houses for shared ownership.
With the support of Tameside Council, we have delivered 16 new homes in Haughton Green for affordable rent and shared ownership. We are also on site at two other sites in Tameside that will deliver a further 90 affordable homes.
In Trafford we are regenerating one of our largest estates in Sale. As well as significantly improving the existing homes and neighbourhood, will be providing new homes for social rent and shared ownership to meet the local demand.
Working in partnership with Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Salford City Council, we have transformed two derelict buildings in Salford into purpose-built homes for social rent to help local young people with additional needs live independently.
One provides accessible homes with assisted technology for young people with learning and physical disabilities. The other provides supported housing for young people leaving care, plus two self-contained apartments offering move-on accommodation. As well as being the landlord, we are also providing the support to enable residents move on into independence. The building also provides a community hub which can be used by non-residents to access support, helping young people manage in their own homes once they have moved on.
Developments like these foster independence and a sense of pride. Research also shows that supported housing saves the public purse around £940 per resident, per year, by reducing the demand on health and social care services.
And we are working with Manchester City Council to deliver a purpose-built dementia care scheme. This builds on the success of Shore Green our exiting dementia scheme in the south of Manchester that is significantly improving the lives of people with dementia and other forms of memory loss. Shore Green provides tailored care and support in purpose designed accommodation, coupled with an ongoing commitment to service development and innovation. This is something the council are keen to replicate in the north where there is no provision currently to meet the growing demand.
Click here to watch how Shore Green is improving the lives of residents by taking a different approach to dementia care.