Month: March 2018

Greater Manchester Housing Deal


Greater Manchester is set to receive £68 million funding to support an ambitious target of delivering 227,200 homes by 2035 and boost economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse.

This funding will support a focus on developing brownfield land for housing and getting more homes built on small sites.

The Government package includes:

  • £50 million for a Land Fund to help councils in the region to prepare brownfield land for housing development
  • taking 4 Housing Infrastructure Fund projects through to the next stage of assessment for funding
  • up to £8 million for capacity funding to boost support for housing delivery across the region
  • £10.25 million funding to help regenerate the Collyhurst Estate in north Manchester
  • new flexibilities on the existing £300 million Housing Investment Fund to allow more homes to be delivered through loans to developers:

Mayor of Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham said:

“I welcome this Housing Deal from government and the £50 million Greater Manchester’s Leaders have secured that will allow us to build on more of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites.

“It brings us closer to our ambitions and is a clear statement of intent as we move towards publishing the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

“As we look to build the homes Greater Manchester needs, we must do everything we can to make sure as much brownfield land as possible is made available for development. This is the best way to ensure we minimise the impact on our green spaces.

“But this isn’t just about numbers of homes and land for development. I’ve been clear that I want to see more truly affordable homes built and more homes available for social rent across Greater Manchester.

“I also want the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to specify a date by which all new homes built across Greater Manchester should be net zero carbon. This is all part of my ambition.”


Manchester one of the best cities globally for young people


Manchester has been named one of the best cities world-wide for young people to live in according to the Millennial City Ranking – and one of the most popular for students.

This is only the second time the list has been created and aims to pin-point the global cities where digitally intuitive and entrepreneurial millennials are best choosing to make their home.

 Out of 110 cities, Manchester made the top 10 list that looks at four main concerns for young people – does the city have available work, can young people afford to live a good life, is the city open and tolerant, and – importantly – how fun is the city.

In the list, other factors such as internet speed, gender equality, start-up opportunities and progress in the work place were also taken into account to understand the best cities for young people in 2018.

Manchester scored particularly well when it comes to personal freedom and choice, LGBT friendly markers, immigration tolerance, and – of course – nightlife. 

Manchester has also been named fourth most popular place for students to live in the world, behind London and the Australian cities Melbourne and Sydney, according to whose research looked at 426 cities across the world. 

The research found that students are will to travels across the globe for higher education and 19% of students studying in the UK are from abroad. At full-time postgraduate level, 53% of students are from outside the UK.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We know that Manchester is popular with young people and the popularity and high-quality teaching at the city’s universities mean more and more graduates are choosing to remain in the city, find a job and lay their roots here. 

“Manchester offers the benefits of some of the world’s most recognisable cities, with great employment opportunities and entertainment – but young people can enjoy these benefits far more affordably than some of the other cities celebrated in the list, like London or New York.

“The City Council also offers a range of advice and support for people who are looking to start and build a business in Manchester, which has proven successful for business from seed organisations through to multi-national business.”


Find out more about starting a business in Manchester 


Summer Consultation on Northern Gateway


The Northern Gateway project is one of the largest programmes of work in the UK and the biggest in Manchester since the regeneration of East Manchester following the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

It stretches northwards from the city centre – from NOMA and New Cross, through the Irk Valley to Collyhurst – and will be the largest contributor to the city’s residential growth strategy with the potential to provide 15,000 new homes to help accommodate a growing population.

The Collyhurst community –  a key area for housing investment – will be one of the first areas to benefit with a new affordability zone created as a focus for mixed-type affordable homes, including new council-owned social housing and a range of accessible housing products for sale and affordable rents.

The ambition is to create vibrant and distinct linked neighbourhoods with good connectivity to employment opportunities.

These neighbourhoods will be linked with green spaces through the Lower Irk Valley and place making – through city river parks and using existing architectural heritage, including railway viaducts – will help create the different characters of each emerging neighbourhood.

As the communities grow, local facilities will also be developed to service the planned population growth with schools, sports and leisure provision and medical services.

The Northern Gateway project is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and property developer Far East Consortium (FEC) and Coun Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity in the Northern Gateway to improve and develop a huge swathe of unused land within walking distance of the city centre and employment opportunities.

“In doing so we will be able to meet the modern housing needs of Manchester and help build a mix of housing types and tenures to provide a true housing choice for Manchester people – and help meet a huge demand for quality homes in the city over the coming decade.

“We are already in the process of securing additional grant funding to push forward with the first phase focused on Collyhurst – to build new social homes and other affordable housing products – and we will consult with residents around the proposals at our earliest opportunity.”

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager of FEC, said: “With the Irk river valley acting as the catalyst for change, Northern Gateway will unlock the development potential of 350 acres by creating vibrant communities of family homes, parks, schools, healthcare and other public facilities, all linked by new public transport hubs”.

“Alongside the investment by FEC and the council, Northern Gateway offers an unrivalled opportunity for everyone with interests in north Manchester to contribute to its transformation.

“Through our partnership with the city council we are committed to Collyhurst and the delivery of a mix of homes that will meet the needs of existing and new residents, including affordable housing and properties for market sale”.

A draft regeneration framework and masterplan for the Northern Gateway will be brought to Manchester City Council’s Executive committee in June before the start of a full public consultation .