Manchester reviews a year in housing as it looks to the future of home building in the city
A report has been heard by the City Council’s executive that has reviewed its home building strategy over the past year (2016/17) – and sets out the city’s housing approach up to 2022.
In March 2016, the Council set out the Manchester Residential Growth Strategy (see notes to editors) which set a minimum target of 25,000 new homes within the city by 2025 top support the city’s growing economy and the associated demands for new homes.
Projections suggest that Manchester will exceed a target of 2,500 new homes per year by 2017/18, and the following year could be as much as 4,000 new homes – far higher than the circa 1,000 to 1,500 new homes per year delivered between 2010 and 2015.
After a number of years of significant under supply, investment in residential construction has increased significantly in the past year, and it is only now that home building is getting back to pre-recession levels.
There are currently 58 residential developments on-site in the city that will deliver 7,000 new homes – 5,000 in the city centre.
1,800 of these are expected to complete this year and over 60% of these will be houses outside the city centre.
It is expected that nearly 3,000 homes will complete in 2017/18, including over 1,500 in the city centre.
Of more than 6,000 new homes delivered over the last five years, more than 2,700 were delivered through the city’s Affordable Homes Programme. To cement this ambition, the City Council published its Housing Affordability Framework in January that has set a target to help deliver between 1,000 and 2,000 homes that are affordable each year.
To maintain this level of home building through the next decade, the residential growth strategies of both the Council and Manchester Place (see notes to editors) will now be merged as the new Residential Growth Action Plan to ensure key development opportunities continue to be identified and brought to market.
A key objective in the coming years is to increase housing supply and density at the conurbation core on brownfield sites within the Northern and Eastern Gateways, as well as emerging neighbourhoods to the south of the city centre, including Greater Jackson Street and First Street.
These areas have the greatest capacity for the thousands of new homes to be delivered in the next few years and strategic frameworks have already been produced to support development.
The Northern Gateway has the potential to contribute up to 10,000 news homes over the next 10-15 years, and holds a unique opportunity to repurpose and repopulate brownfield land close to the city centre, and help integrate neighbourhoods into the extended city centre area.
Collyhurst is a particular focus and it is anticipated that 1,000 new homes will be built in the neighbourhood in the next 10 years. Already, this summer the North Manchester Home Building project will start on sites across the north of the city, delivering 56 direct build homes that are affordable and will be managed by Northwards Housing.
The Eastern Gateway extends from Piccadilly Station out towards the Etihad Campus, and takes in areas of Ancoats and New Islington, Holt Town and Lower Medlock Valley. Each of these areas are considered key for the continuing growth of the city – as well as fulfilling the regenerative potential that HS2 will unlock.
Already the Manchester Life Development Company with schemes totally more than 1,000 new homes for sale and rent, and along with a number of other developers, will bring forward a number of small to large-scale developments to complete the previously fragmented Ancoats and New Islington neighbourhoods.
The city centre will remain a keen focal point for residential development, helping to support the population growth of the city, but also the growth of the entire city region.
In particular, major schemes at St John’s, First Street, Kampus, and Great Jackson Street represent huge residential potential, while also delivering unique and distinct neighbourhoods and create world-class destinations across the city centre.
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “It’s encouraging that we are beginning to see significant home building return to the city after some years of under supply, and we have some incredibly exciting developments both on-site and in the pipeline.
“Our continued success will be predicated on our ability to forward plan and adapt to the ever changing housing landscape to fulfil the demand that we expect from a rapidly rising population.
“However, it remains as important as ever that we can create true housing choice for our residents, and create homes that people can afford in neighbourhoods they want to live in. This means pursuing our ambitious target to help deliver homes that are truly affordable, across a range of tenures most suitable for our residents. ”