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PlaceShapers in the North West are set to deliver almost 14,500 new homes to the region by 2023. These are new homes for people priced out of the market in cities such as Manchester and Liverpool; and in towns and rural areas such as the Ribble Valley, where house prices are well above the average for the North West region.

Charlie Norman, PlaceShapers Vice-Chair said: “The North West has a cornucopia of dedicated Placeshapers members – with more members in this area than the other regions. Collectively, we work really hard to ensure that the North doesn’t get left behind – we are still dealing with the legacy of regeneration programmes that were ended abruptly (remember Housing Market Renewal?) and we work in a region that faces a lot of economic and social challenges. We do the difficult to do things – we work together to step in where vital services have been pulled and we build new homes for people who desperately need them. We are very focussed on working together in strong and mature partnerships, such as the GM Housing Providers – the GMHP have been working for years to do more together to improve health outcomes, stem the shocking tide of rough sleeping, a joint venture to deliver new homes, improving work and skills, responding to challenges together and collectively achieving better social value."

The homes form part of the 118,000 PlaceShapers around the country will build by 2023. Here's a showcase of some of the exciting and diverse projects the North West region has and is set to deliver:
MSV Housing Group
MSV provides over 8,500 homes for a wide range of people across the North West. M8 North is its latest development in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, providing 28 new homes designed specifically to fulfil the needs of millennials and those with young families locally who are priced out of the market. The scheme sits amongst well established red brick terraces and complements the existing familiar Mancunian landscape well. 
Working with Manchester City Council, the development is the first phase in a larger scheme to bring affordable homes to the city. The development is part shared ownership and part rent to purchase. Manchester City Council’s pilot ‘Rent to Purchase’ scheme, aims to help people who want to get a mortgage to buy a home in Manchester, but who have not been able to save the 10% deposit which is generally required by commercial lenders. Rent to purchase tenants will be able to pay a market rent for one of the homes available, knowing that 20% of the rent will be accumulating by MSV to contribute towards 5% of the 10% deposit required.
This £3.5 million scheme has been developed by MSV, with grant funding from Homes England of £700,000 and an investment from Manchester City Council of £202,525.

Southway Housing Trust
Southway Housing Trust owns and manages over 6,000 homes across south Manchester, and more recently areas of Stockport and Tameside.

Southway’s latest development, Park View, added 46 state-of-the-art homes to a brownfield site in Gorton, east Manchester. The £6.1 million development transformed the previously derelict landscape into a desirable and modern part of the neighbourhood; whilst helping new buyers reach the milestone of home ownership in an up-and-coming suburb, with the homes available to buy on an affordable ‘shared-ownership’ basis.

Shared Ownership gives residents the chance to step onto the property ladder by offering deposits as little as £3000, making the process of buying a new home possible to those on lower incomes. Mr Monfies (pictured right at key hand over) and his family of four had previously been renting and said this affordable option had allowed him to purchase in the same area.

The scheme was recently recognised as “Best New Development in the North" at the First Time Buyer Readers' Awards 2019.
Southway Housing created the homes following its receipt of £7.3m from the Government’s £7 billion Shared Ownership Affordable Housing Programme, working in partnership with Mulbury Homes. The properties are being sold under Southway’s commercial arm, Gecko Homes, based in South-way Manchester.

Eden Housing Association
Eden Housing Association (EHA) is a predominantly rural provider located in the Eden District of Cumbria with a stock of 1,800 units across Cumbria and the Lake District. EHA aims to deliver over 50 units by 2023 across the Eden District and Cumbria in small-scale developments that focus on areas of community and rural demand. 

EHA specialises in providing affordable housing in communities where housing is often far from affordable. A recent development was completed in the Lakeland village of Threlkeld where second home ownership is high and property and rental prices restrictive to those on an average local income. The development provided 7 houses for affordable rent and local occupancy at the base of the iconic Blencathra fell. 
Going forwards EHA propose to continue this model and work with community groups in and around the Lake District to bring affordable housing to areas where it is most in demand. This approach is alongside of EHA’s continuing track-record of providing high standard new homes in the market towns and villages of the Eden District.
Bolton at Home
Bolton at Home has just started on site with its first development of new modular homes. The 22 new homes, being built in the Little Lever area of the borough, are manufactured in a factory before being delivered and assembled on site.

The development is one of many that will support Bolton at Home’s plans to introduce 1,400 new properties to the local affordable housing market by 2023/24.

The innovative modular process, which is also a first for town, enables the energy-efficient homes to be installed in around two weeks per property once groundworks, services and landscaping are in place. The precision-engineered units are built in North Yorkshire by the ground-breaking modular house-builder ilke Homes and will be completed on site by main contractor ENGIE. Paul Philbin, head of development and home ownership at Bolton at Home, said: “We’re proud to be embracing these modern methods of construction which have the potential to be the future for of us in terms of the way we deliver new affordable homes. There’s no way of knowing by looking at them, or by being inside them, that these homes are manufactured off-site - they look and feel like any traditionally built home. The off-site construction also means fewer deliveries, wagons and contractors are required on site, which means less disruption for residents. We’re due to complete the development in March 2020.”
South Lakes Housing
South Lakes Housing (SLH) has plans to develop over 150 new homes in Cumbria and North Lancashire by 2022, which will more than double its ‘new supply’ output. SLH is also working with South Lakeland District Council to access a low cost loan to build more homes within rural communities, targeting sites that are more expensive than average due to rural planning restrictions and site characteristics.

SLH is currently undertaking the conversion and refurbishment of Ulverston Town Hall into 17 affordable apartments with completion estimated for spring 2020. This is the type of affordable housing scheme which can only be made a reality by place-shaping Housing Associations, working alongside partners like Homes England and the local authority. The conversion of the Town Hall into residential use brings the building back to its roots as it was originally constructed as a dwelling back in the early nineteenth century.

SLH has received planning permission to build 2 detached bungalows for affordable rent in the scenic village of Allithwaite, on the outskirts of the popular tourist destination of Grange-Over-Sands. SLH is also planning to build a 100% affordable housing scheme, comprising of 28 properties, in the market village of Burton-In-Kendal.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Wythenshawe Community Housing  Group (WCHG) has an approved development programme of 836 new homes with an investment of over £100m. These new affordable, quality homes are much more than just bricks and mortar they will provide the building blocks to leaving a sustainable legacy for the Wythenshawe community. 

Wythenshawe property prices have continued to increase due to significant local investment such as Airport City, Wythenshawe Hospital and Amazon making the M22 postcode a very desirable place to live and work. 

WCHG's development arm Garden City Homes announced the launch of its £20m Scholars Fields development, part funded by Homes England £3.27m, as part of its £100m development programme which will see 836 new homes built for the Wythenshawe Community.

Their largest development to date, has gained momentum with the launch of its sales office and show home, which will showcase this fabulous development. The site built on a nine acre site on Simonsway adjacent to the Manchester Enterprise Academy, will provide 147 new homes with a varied tenure of 80 shared ownership, 29 outright sales and 38 rent to buy apartments. Providing a mix of two-bed and three-bed houses, alongside two-bed apartments, with an anticipated completion date in the summer of 2020.

Irwell Valley Homes
Major renovation works have begun to bring two derelict buildings back to life in Salford. The buildings, which have stood empty for several years, are being transformed by Irwell Valley Homes into purpose-built homes to help local young people with additional needs live independently in a home of their own.  
One is being remodelled and refurbished to provide four homes for young people with learning and physical disabilities. It will be wheelchair accessible throughout with an adapted kitchen, shared sitting room, dining area and laundry. The latest assisted technology is being installed including voice activated room controls, self-cleaning appliances and fixtures, a video door entry system and robotic hoists to enable residents to live independently.
The other will provide homes and support for young people leaving care. There will be five fully furnished rooms with a shared sitting room, kitchen, laundry and bathrooms. There will also be two self-contained apartments. Residents will also benefit from fantastic shared facilities and on-site support to help them transition from living in care, to moving into a home of their own.
Chief Executive Sasha Deepwell said: “It’s great to be bringing these buildings back into residential use. Demand for supported housing is growing. We are committed to providing more to help people enjoy life and realise their potential. This development will support young people to move into their first home of their own, a major milestone in anyone’s life, and we feel very privileged to play a part in this. Developments such as these are vital to ensuring people have the right support to live as they choose, fostering 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.”
Irwell Valley has worked closely with Salford City Council in the design and commissioning. Councillor Tracy Kelly, Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, said: “The modern homes are vital so that people with additional needs can live independently. It is fantastic news that building works have now started. When fully complete, they will make such a positive difference to peoples’ lives. We look forward to welcoming the first residents into their new homes.”
The development is part of plans to build over 1000 new homes across Greater Manchester over the next four years, investing over £1.3 million of which £474,000 has been granted by Homes England. Christine Hill, Senior Specialist, Home Ownership & Supply, at Homes England, said: “Homes England is committed to working with housing associations to deliver homes that meet people’s needs. It’s fantastic to know that funding from our Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme will help young people in Salford to enjoy a new sense of independence.” The first phase will completed by July 2019.

The members in the North West are:

One Manchester
Southway Housing Trust
Together Housing Group
Trafford Housing Trust
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group
South Lakes Housing
Calico Group
Eden Housing Association
Equity Housing Group
Progress Housing Group
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Mosscare St Vincent's
Bolton at Home
Irwell Valley

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