Social housing development takes shape in Trafford

A new state-of-the-art social housing development in Trafford - named in honour of one of the borough’s most popular councillors - is taking shape and will be completed in April.

Work is well underway on the Trafford Housing Trust and Trafford Council project that will see 30 units – 20 one-beds and 10 two-beds – being built in a three-storey development at Carrfield Avenue in Timperley.

The development, the first to be built from the Trafford Affordable Housing Fund which was set up to support the building of social housing, will be named Bowker Court in tribute to Cllr Ray Bowker, who died aged 83 in January. Lifelong Timperley resident and former Mayor Cllr Bowker, who was first elected to the Charter Council of Trafford in 1973, was heavily involved in the Carrfield Avenue project from its beginnings.

Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, Cllr James Wright, the Council’s Housing strategy and Growth Manager Caroline Siddall, and Trafford Housing Trust’s Development Director Graeme Scott were given a tour of the site this week.

Graeme Scott said:

“Trafford Housing Trust’s partnership with Trafford Council and the resulting development at Carrfield Avenue is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by working together. We very much hope that by continuing to do so we will deliver considerably more much-needed social housing throughout the borough.”

Cllr Wright said:

"I am delighted to see the progress that has been made on building work at Bowker Court. These are the first new social housing units to be built in Trafford for over a decade and we’re very proud that they have been funded from the Council’s Affordable Housing Fund.

One of the Council’s main corporate priorities is to build quality affordable social housing and this scheme involves just that. Thank you for all the hard work from officers and members at the council and colleagues from Trafford Housing Trust.”

The 30 units at Bowker Court are for social rent and are being built by contractor Mears New Homes on behalf of Trafford Housing Trust and Trafford Council. The work is due to be completed in April 2021.

Posted on Monday 26th October 2020