Silk Street project: Affordable homes on former mill site

Manchester City Council is planning to build up to 75 new affordable homes in north Manchester in an ambitious project. The project is to deliver well-designed, high quality houses and apartments using latest construction methods.

The plans would transform a currently vacant site in Newton Heath and consultation with local residents and businesses in the area has begun.

In this latest project, the homes would harness the latest environmental technologies to improve efficiency and cut bills and use modular construction to speed delivery.

The pioneering project will feature in a Channel 4 TV series presented by George Clarke, to celebrate 100 years of Council housing.

The presenter, who himself grew up in a council house in the North East, attended the first consultation event at Newton Heath library to meet local people and hear their thoughts on new housing design and construction.

Councillor Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration for Manchester City Council, said: “We are committed to ensuring that Manchester residents have access to high quality, well-designed, affordable housing and are keen to explore the latest techniques that can help deliver that ambition as quickly as possible.

The proposed 0.72 hectare (1.78 acre) site is behind the main High Street in the centre Newton Heath on Silk Street. Once the site of a large cotton mill, the land was more recently used for an informal market but is currently vacant and owned by the City Council. It is within walking distance of the Metrolink Station and close to local community services and schools.

The design masterplan by Manchester based Six Two Architects would see 21 new houses, offering three and four bedrooms and between 45- 54 one and two-bedroom apartments arranged in three separate buildings bordering the canal.

There would be extensive landscaping, green energy measures and car charging points.

Following further consultations, a planning application is set to be submitted this summer with the first homes available for occupation in March 2020.

Updating an ambitious commitment from 2015, the Council predicts 32,000 new homes will be built in the city from April 2015 to March 2026, including 6,400 affordable homes to meet the city’s 20% affordable homes ambition.

Since April 2015, 3,000 affordable homes have either already been delivered or are in the pipeline, with the full quota to be delivered by March 2021, and a further 3,400 affordable homes will be built by March 2025 – at least 1,000 of which will be social rent.

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