The first council homes to be built in Manchester for more than 20 years were formally handed over last week.
Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese and Deborah McLaughlin, North West Executive Director at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), attended the event to mark the completion of the £22.9m project in West Gorton, and officially hand over the properties to local housing provider Guinness Northern Counties, who will manage them on behalf of the council. Tenants who have started moving in to the new homes also attended as well as children from nearby Armitage Primary School.
The scheme, which has created 171 new homes at four sites, consists of 124 two-bed apartments, six bungalows and 41 houses ranging from compact two-bed to large five-bed homes. All have excellent levels of energy-efficiency and contemporary fittings.
Manchester City Council last month endorsed an environment and design framework for West Gorton which will guide an outline planning application steering the further regeneration of the area up to 2020.
Sir Richard Leese said: “This scheme is boosting housing quality and choice in an area which is a long-term regeneration priority for us. It’s great news that the first residents are beginning to benefit from this innovative development, the first council-funded homes in a generation.”
Deborah McLaughlin added: “I’m proud that the HCA has been able to provide investment support and I know that the residents of West Gorton have been looking forward to the completion of these new homes. It’s great to see how well their commitment has been rewarded and I’m sure that these new homes will make an important contribution to the vitality of the area.”