Work starts on £3m housing scheme to provide 24 affordable homes

Site visit ahead of work commencement
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Work is now under way on a transformative £3.1m project which will see 24 new affordable homes replace a disused car dealership in Eccles, Salford.

Representatives from Homes England and Salford City Council joined the Eccles-based ForHousing team as the landlord marked the start of work on site at the former Woodlands garage to deliver five two-bedroom and 19 one-bedroom homes.

With completion earmarked for November 2022, all homes will be available for social rent and will provide affordable housing.

Salford has more than 5,800 people on its housing waiting list and 63 people bidding for each home that becomes available.

Nigel Sedman, group director of homes at ForHousing, said: “It’s great to be working in partnership with Salford City Council and Homes England to provide these new affordable homes.

“At ForHousing we are dedicated to creating quality homes and places where people are proud to live.

“Over the past seven years we have delivered 1,190 affordable homes across the North West, including more than 950 homes in Salford, and have ambitions to build more than that number again by 2026.”

Homes England, the Government department which looks to increase the level of affordable housing, has provided a grant of £1.7m to help redevelop the site on Barton Lane.

The contractor on the development is Mangrove Construction, while AA Projects has been appointed as the employers agent and local firm Grays Architecture will lead on design.