Salford Council have announced their commitment to build 400 affordable homes across the city region.
The homes, which will consist of one to five bedroom apartments and houses, will have a “fabric-first” approach to ensure maximum environmental, as well as cost benefits to the developments.
The Council is make use of old school sites, such as St Luke’s Primary School in Weaste and the Irwell Valley Lower School in Irwell Riverside to build on meaning the Council will not have to develop on greenbelt land in order to deliver the projects.
Some of the projects are to be run by tenants with the remaining tenancies being operated by Council-owned Dérive.
£65m is being borrowed to deliver the homes, something which Salford Council believe is a smart investment by saving money later on down the line.
Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, said:
"What we need to get back to is what happened in post-World War Two in many respects.
"Councils were building council housing en masse and homelessness in this country was rendered statistically insignificant.
"The moral and ethical argument is strong, but I also think the empirical argument is really strong for actually being more interventionist in a market that clearly isn't delivering the homes that we need."