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11/01/2017

Manchester launches plan to deliver affordable housing

Words: Laura Edgar
Housing in Manchester

Manchester City Council has approved a housing affordability framework that aims to accelerate the delivery of affordable homes in the city.

The plan seeks to create up to 2,000 every year.

The council said the framework covers a range of tenures, including social housing, affordable rent properties, and rent to purchase so that there is a “strong supply of decent, secure housing to rent or buy”.

The council plans to work with public and private sector partners to make use of funding streams, like the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It also plans to make the most of the relaxation of restriction around grant funding for affordable homes.

The city’s Affordable Homes Programme has led to 2,721 homes being built, while 1,800 were lost through demolition, Right to Buy and Right to Acquire. Acknowledging that this is not enough to support the housing needs of Manchester, the framework is also set to accelerate the delivery between 1,000 and 2,000 new affordable homes a year.

The council also plans to replace social housing lost through Right to Buy so that levels are maintained at around 700,000.

Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “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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