Planning and Housing

13.03.20

Manchester’s £51m bid success for Northern Gateway housing

Manchester City Council announced today (Mar 13) the successful bid for £51.6m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock key housing sites in Manchester’s Northern Gateway.

Supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the bid focused on 20hectacres of brownfield land which will make way for more than 5,500 new homes over the next ten years.

Included in the new home’s delivery will be affordable housing for people in the area and walking and cycling routes to support Manchester’s green agenda.

Connectivity across the Gateway area will improve with new road access and a series of core infrastructure issues.

The potential of the whole Northern Gateway, reaches 15,000 new homes in the next 15 to 20 years, of which at least 3,000 will be affordable homes.

The initial phase of the planned City River Park, which includes St Catherine’s Wood as part of new public open space, will also be supported by the successful bid.

In addition to this, improvements will be made along the River Irk and works to improve flood defences, giving the Irk Valley the potential it needs to characterise the wider Northern Gateway project.

The project will consist of seven new and emerging neighbourhoods, connected by high quality green spaces and public squares, breathing life into an area previously left underused.

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said:

“Confirmation that we have been successful in our bid for Housing Infrastructure Funding is incredibly welcome. This will mean we can overcome a number of major infrastructure hurdles that currently limit the development opportunities in the Northern Gateway area, and will unlock land for new housing, including a significant number of affordable homes.

“The Gateway project is beginning to build a real head of steam and it’s exciting to see the building blocks of this ambitious project come together. In the meantime, we will continue to work closely with residents to ensure they are central to the conversation as we begin to move towards the delivery of new homes for Manchester.”

 

Photo: Manchester City Council

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