The Greater Manchester Housing Fund controlled by Greater Manchester’s leaders is set to get the green light for investment in more than 1,000 new homes across Bury, Manchester, Salford and Stockport.
This latest series of investment loans would bring the total invested by the Greater Manchester’s Housing Fund to £305m; £5m more than the fund’s initial value. This is possible because loans previously made by the fund are repaid, with interest, and then reinvested in to new projects.
The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.
Since its creation Greater Manchester Leaders have intended to recycle the GM Housing Fund up to three times over 10 years. With the reaching of the £300m milestone after two and a half years, Greater Manchester is open for business and will continue to invest in more homes across our region.
Subject to approval by Greater Manchester Leaders, the Greater Manchester Housing Fund will provide;
– £3.9M to Hillcrest Homes for 24 houses on the site of the Brethrens Hall in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
– £1.5M to Wiggett Homes for 22 houses in Brooke Street, Radcliffe, Bury
– £36M to an SPV established by Select Property Group and the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund for 677 apartments on the former BBC site in central Manchester
– £43M to SPV of Urban & Civic for 351 apartments at the junction of Princess Street and Whitworth Street in central Manchester
– £1.8M to Blue Dog Property for 33 apartments on the site of the former Police Station in Baguley, Manchester
– £22.5M to FICM for 380 apartments at the corner of Blackfriars Road and Trinity Road in Salford.
Cllr Richard Farnell, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Lead member for Planning and Housing, said:
“Reaching over £300M of housing investment represents a major milestone for Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester Housing Fund is a key part of our historic devolution deal and we are proud of the success we’ve had in supporting the creation of thousands of new homes across the city-region since 2014.
“The Housing Fund has allowed local leaders to kick-start construction and support developers in the creation of new, quality housing that our residents want and economy needs.
“I look forward to making the case for these new plans that could deliver more than 1,000 new homes for the people of Greater Manchester at this month’s Combined Authority meeting.”
Cllr Kieran Quinn, GMCA lead for investment and finance, said:
“Reaching this landmark level of investment is testament to the value of taking decisions locally for the benefit of local people.
“The Combined Authority has become a vital player in the commercial finance market. More and more developers and firms are looking to us to support their growth plans and Greater Manchester’s Leaders are only too happy to assist in the creation of more homes, jobs and prosperity within our city-region.”
The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.