Trafford Council shows commitment to affordable housing

Trafford Council has confirmed its commitment to providing affordable housing by announcing plans to help Trafford Housing Trust (THT) build 30 new social rented homes in Timperley, Altrincham.

Funding for the new flats, on land off Carrfield Avenue, will come from the Trafford Affordable Housing Fund which invites bids from Registered Providers/Housing Associations to build new affordable/social housing 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 £850 per month and rising, and a lack of affordable housing overall.

THT has submitted an application to Trafford Council to build 20 one-bed and 10 two-bed apartments. 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 1 and 2 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, THT wants to use building contractors that share its aims of giving jobs to people from Trafford.

Posted on Thursday 26th September 2019