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01/04/2021

More than 2,700 new homes set for Manchester brownfield sites

Words: Martin Read
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More brownfield land across Greater Manchester is set to be converted into sites for housing using funding from the government’s Brownfield Housing Fund.

Late last week, leaders of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) approved the allocation of £41 million to develop 21 more brownfield sites across the city-region.

The £41 million represents the second tranche of a total £96.8m allocation. A first tranche of £37.2 million was allocated to 24 schemes from which 4,318 homes across the Greater Manchester region are set to be built. The new £41 million tranche is focused on the delivery of a further 2,720 homes, of which around half would be affordable housing. (Schemes funded in the first tranche should result in 1,100 affordable housing units.)

Specific plans for the new schemes will now be developed ahead of further consultation.

Approval for allocation of the latest funding tranche was due to have been given at a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on Friday 26 March.

The new tranche will mean 8,363 homes on brownfield sites across the GMCA area being funded through the Brownfield Housing Fund.

Mayor Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford and the GMCA lead for housing, planning and homelessness, commented: “This funding will allow us to regenerate brownfield sites, support districts in working towards meeting national government targets, and deliver just shy of 2,500 good quality affordable homes.

”However, while we welcome this contribution, it remains the case that affordability as defined by the Government does not always translate into affordability for our residents, and further funding will be needed to deliver genuinely affordable homes across Greater Manchester to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis we face.”

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