Trafford Council confirms commitment to affordable housing

Trafford Council has confirmed its commitment to providing affordable homes by announcing plans to help a housing trust build 30 new social rented properties in Timperley.
Funding for the Trafford Housing Trust flats would come from the Trafford Council Affordable Housing Fund which invites bids from registered providers/housing associations to build new affordable housing schemes in the borough.

The Fund was set up last year to address the significant affordability issues that the borough faces – worsened by high average house prices, high average monthly rents of £750 per month and rising, and a lack of affordable housing overall.

The development – if approved by Trafford Council’s Planning Committee – is in response to a high demand for social rented properties and the Council’s commitment to increase this type of accommodation. According to the Council’s Housing Register, there are currently in the region of 2,500 people waiting for one and two bed affordable properties in the borough.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

The scheme, if approved, will go some way to meeting the demand for social housing in Trafford and will provide people with attractive properties in a great location. Trafford, like many other areas, desperately needs new homes that people can afford to live in. Timperley is also a much sought after location with numerous selling points. ”

If the plans are approved, Trafford Housing Trust wants to use building contractors that share its aims of giving jobs to people from Trafford and the proposed development will be within walking distance of Timperley and Altrincham.

Posted on Thursday 4th July 2019