Tameside and Oldham to get more than 200 new affordable homes in £35m NW bid
Published by KDavison for New Charter Group in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities
• Queen Street in Ashton which has been built with funding from phase one (2011 – 2014) of the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme
Residents in Tameside and Oldham are set to benefit from around 240 new homes as part of a £35m bid to build more affordable housing across the North West.
New Charter Housing Trust Group has secured just over £5.7m to build around 205 homes in Tameside and approximately 35 in Oldham between 2015 and 2018.
The funding, announced this week (22 July) by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, is part of a larger bid for the JV North partnership which will see money allocated to a number of housing providers in the region to build more affordable housing.
The new homes will have between one, two or three bedrooms with energy saving technology under the Affordable Homes Programme to help tenants with cheaper fuel bills.
Housing associations New Charter Homes (Tameside) and Aksa Homes (Oldham) will also contribute financially towards the developments.
Work is expected to start on site in both areas early next year.
Ian Munro, Chief Executive of New Charter Housing Trust Group said: “We’re pleased with the money that’s been secured for the regional partnership and it’s great news for communities which will benefit massively from more affordable homes.
“Across Tameside and Oldham we’ve already built some 700 homes in the past three years and this new funding will help us to change more lives in these areas with around a further 240 homes on the way between 2015 and 2018.
“The funding is also a huge boost to the local and regional economy with construction work bringing in jobs, new business and more opportunities for residents.”
The latest Affordable Homes development to be completed by New Charter officially opened in June and saw families move into 31 homes at Queen Street in Ashton.
Tenant Lorraine Bergin, who is a cleaner, moved into one of the two-bed homes with her 15-year-old son Callum.
She said: “I actually feel like The Queen in my new house and I was jumping for joy when I moved in. Even my son is so impressed and he’s just started a new school in the area.
“The homes are great and it’s so handy to have everything within walking distance like the college, the hospital and the shops.”
Notes for editors
The homes will be subject to planning permission.
New Charter Housing Trust Group is the lead partner for JV North – a consortium of nine housing associations delivers new homes across the North West using funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme. More at http://jvnorth.co.uk