Biggest ever housing development begun by social landlord
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
A social landlord has begun its biggest ever housing development.
New Charter Homes' project will deliver 90 new homes in Tameside, a mix of apartments and two, three and four-bed houses available at affordable rent.
The homes are being built on the former Hawthorns school site in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Tameside Council.
The £8 million scheme is due to be completed next spring.
Diggers arrived at the site on Corporation Road in Audenshaw, with New Charter’s chief executive Ian Munro and MP for Denton and Reddish Andrew Gwynne marking the first bucket in the ground.
Ian Munro said: “This development is the largest yet for New Charter and it marks a very important milestone for quality and affordable social housing in the borough.
“We’ve already completed a number of schemes in the area and these 90 new homes are part of a wider project to build more than 300 much needed family homes in Tameside by 2015.”
Andrew Gwynne MP said: "Housing, or rather the lack of good quality homes to socially rent is probably now the largest single problem my office deals with, as literally thousands of Tamesider’s remain stuck on the housing list with no realistic prospect of being allocated a property.
“That's why I'm delighted that New Charter has embarked on an ambitious house building programme across the borough and beyond. These new homes will ensure local people can continue to be housed in decent and affordable homes within their own community. What's even better is New Charter's commitment to the apprenticeship scheme, with local youngsters taken on to learn the construction skills for the future."