An ambitious strategy to ensure Manchester can build a minimum of 25,000 homes over the next decade was approved by the City Council’s executive this week.
Following a consultation, the Residential Growth Strategy sets out six priority themes for housing in the city that will ensure Manchester remains attractive and liveable – along with a detailed implementation plan that identifies priorities over the short to medium term.
Manchester is currently experiencing a huge rate of growth that requires a planned vision to meet the housing demand for both buying and renting.
The city was the fastest growing in the UK between 2001 and 2011 with more than 80,000 people moving to Manchester and that growth has continued over the last five years.
The city’s reputation is internationally competitive with fast growing employment sectors (particularly in digital, creative, life sciences and construction) and renowned education institutions, which are helping to retain working people. But to support this continued growth the city needs a range of affordable housing products across all housing types, while being mindful of high quality standards and sustainability.
The action plan will be reviewed and updated annually to monitor and refresh the actions to ensure homes continue to be built amid a changing housing landscape.
- 1. Increase house building on existing and new sites
- 2. Improve the quality and sustainability of the city’s housing
- 3. Increase opportunities for home ownership
- 4. Expand the city’s family housing offer
- 5. Professionalise the private rented sector across the city
- 6. Provide appropriate housing options for retirement living
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester Cit Council, said:
"Put simply we need more high-quality, liveable homes with high sustainability credentials. These homes should be in attractive neighbourhoods with the services and amenities close by, supported by good transport links to educational facilities and employment. I think this strategy is what we need to make that happen."
City centre councillor and resident Kevin Peel said:
"We really welcome this strategy and many of the priorities identified are issues we've campaigned on in the city centre for some time. We will work with the city council to ensure that these priorities are reflected in new city centre developments as they come forward."