The UK’s Manchester City Council has announced that the land on Oldham Road, Newton Heath, will be transferred to housing provider One Manchester to provide 139 low-carbon homes, out of which 50% will be available for social rent.
The 1.2ha brownfield site, located between Dulverton Street and Droylsden Road, and partly vacant, will feature 100 low-carbon one and two bed apartments and 39 semi-detached family homes with private gardens.
These apartments will be divided equally between social rent and affordable rent.
The ground floor of the building will provide mixed-used commercial and community opportunities.
According to the council, the homes will have intelligent design and build approaches and feature passive house techniques to reduce the scheme’s carbon footprint.
The apartment building will also support the council’s goal of turning Manchester into a zero-carbon city by 2038.
The apartments will be close to both Newton Heath tram stop and bus routes into the city centre, reducing the requirement for residents using only their vehicles for travel.
Construction is expected to commence later this year, subject to planning approval.
Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration Suzanne Richards said: “This is another brilliant example of partnership working between the council and One Manchester, using council land and their development acumen to deliver low-carbon, affordable homes for Manchester.
“This is exactly what we need to be doing to meet our target to deliver at least 6,400 affordable homes up to 2025.
“This sort of partnership will continue as we work to increase home building across the city, along with the creation of a council-led housing delivery company that will ensure we are using the land resources at our disposal to deliver as much housing as possible for Manchester people.”
One Manchester executive director of assets and growth David Williams said: “We’re proud to be partnering with the council on another scheme, which will see new, affordable homes developed in Newton Heath.
“This scheme is part of our larger programme to provide new, low-carbon properties in the heart of Manchester, supporting both local people to access affordable homes, and supporting the council in meeting their carbon targets.”