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New sustainable affordable housing development in Moston

Construction of 60 affordable homes for people living and working in Manchester is well underway, with the first homes due to be ready next spring.
1 - Issy Taylor (One Manchester); Mike Watson (Watson Homes); Barry Wears (One Manchester); Cllr Julie Connolly, and Cllr Gavin White

The sustainable housing development is located on land off Ashley Lane, in Moston, and is set to regenerate the unused site, which was formally the Manchester College Moston campus.

All 60 homes are affordable and will be energy efficient with solar panels fitted and air source heat pumps providing hot water. The estate also includes electric vehicle charging points and bike storage facilities.

The new estate will have 50 two-bed and three-bed houses. Of these, 33 will be for affordable rent and 17 houses for rent-to-buy.

The remaining 10 homes comprise one and two-bedroom apartments, which will all be available for social rent.

Properties will be landscaped with trees and will feature front and private rear gardens.

Work on the site, which started last June, is being carried out by housebuilder Watson Homes. When complete, this will be One Manchester’s first housing scheme in the Moston area.

Nicole Kershaw, Chief Executive of One Manchester, said: “We are delighted to see building work start on this new development, which will provide much needed energy efficient, affordable homes in this community.

“We have a large number of homes in nearby Clayton and Beswick but this is our first in Moston. This scheme is regenerating an unused area of land into a vibrant living space with green spaces, good nearby transport links and all the amenities the city centre has to offer on your doorstep.

“It’s been great to have partners and local councillors along to visit the site, to see first-hand the work that is underway.”

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Development, said: “This new housing development in North Manchester brings together a number of important elements that we hope to see in residential investment in Manchester – high quality affordable housing, low carbon homes to limit running costs to our residents, and bringing brownfield land back into productive use. Add in private gardens, bike storage, electric vehicle charging and various affordable housing options, and already we know that this development will be really attractive to the people of Moston.”

Mike Watson, Director at Watson Homes, said: “Increasing the accessibility of affordable homes has been our priority for the last ten years and the new homes at Moston Campus are no different. However, we don’t want to just meet the demand for affordable housing, we want to create quality and eco-friendly homes. The homes we are building at Moston are designed to be energy efficient, with the goal of reducing resident energy bills long term.”

Work is expected to complete next Spring. The new development, designed by tp bennett, has had grant support with £2.04m from Homes England, £900K from Brownfield Grant Funding and £66K from Recycled Grant Funding.

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