Manchester city council and One Manchester have come together to deliver 100 low-carbon one- and two-bed apartments and 39 semi-detached family homes on a partly-vacant 1.2ha brownfield site in Newton Heath.
The council is transferring the land to the provider – with the homes split equally between social rent and affordable rent.
And the homes will feature intelligent design and build methods, using passivhaus techniques, to lower the carbon footprint of the scheme and support the council’s ambition to make Manchester a zero-carbon city by 2038.
To help in that, the location of the scheme is close to both Newton Heath tram stop and bus routes into the city centre, reducing the need for vehicles for residents.
The project hopes to start on-site construction later this year, subject to planning approval.
“This is another brilliant example of partnership working between the council and One Manchester, using council land and their development acumen to deliver low carbon, affordable homes for Manchester,” said Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester city council’s executive member for housing and regeneration.
“This is exactly what we need to be doing to meet our target to deliver at least 6,400 affordable homes up to 2025.
“This sort of partnership will continue as we work to increase home building across the city, along with the creation of a council-led housing delivery company that will ensure we are using the land resources at our disposal to deliver as much housing as possible for Manchester people,” she said.
David Williams, executive director of Assets and Growth at One Manchester, said: “We’re proud to be partnering with the council on another scheme, which will see new, affordable homes developed in Newton Heath.
“This scheme is part of our larger programme to provide new, low-carbon properties in the heart of Manchester, supporting both local people to access affordable homes, and supporting the council in meeting their carbon targets.”