Published Bury Housing Strategy will deliver a balanced and diverse housing supply
Following a period of extensive consultation earlier in the year, Bury Housing Strategy has now been finalised and published.
The new strategy sets out the scale of housing issues and challenges facing the borough. It also provides a clear direction of travel to deliver a balanced and diverse housing supply and an opportunity to create successful and inclusive neighbourhoods that everyone can be proud of.
Covering the key aspects of affordability, supply and quality of housing in the borough, the strategy will drive improvements to people's health and wellbeing and reduce gaps in healthy life expectancy.
Read more on Bury Housing Strategy.
Joint bid to improve the energy performance of social housing across Bury
Bury Council and Six Town Housing are working together to apply to the government's Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. This is part of a joint bid made through Greater Manchester Combined Authority with other regional social housing providers.
If successful, the bid will benefit around 100 homes identified as in most need of improvement. It will also support Bury Housing Strategy commitments around energy efficiency and help towards our target to be carbon neutral by 2038.
Brownfield first - our plan for new houses and regeneration
Plans have recently been unveiled to develop brownfield sites and bring much-needed homes and regeneration across Bury.
Our major projects team is co-ordinating a borough-wide brownfield housing delivery programme that prioritises previously developed land suitable for residential development. This allows us to match local housing needs with investment opportunities and accelerate the development of new local homes.
Nearly 100 acres of land has been identified which, subject to planning permission and viability, could accommodate thousands of new homes.
New affordable homes on a brownfield site in the heart of Whitefield
As part of our brownfield housing delivery programmed, thirty affordable homes will be built on the derelict spot of the former Wheatfields Day Care Centre in Victoria Avenue, Whitefield.
We have agreed to dispose of the brownfield site to Onward Homes who will build a mixture of houses for affordable rent, shared ownership family homes, and accessible bungalows specifically for older people and people with disabilities.
Family and affordable homes at the heart of Radcliffe Regeneration
Plans are being drawn up to build 89 new family homes on a brownfield site in Radcliffe as part of the town's regeneration.
Bury Council is set to approve the sale of land at School Street, formerly the site of a grammar school, to North West housebuilder Hive Homes. The development is proposed to be 89 family homes, with 22 of them affordable. It is expected that these homes will be a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership.
Affordable housing for key Radcliffe gateway site
More new affordable homes are to be built in the heart of Radcliffe and helping to drive forward the regeneration of the town centre.
The proposal is to redevelop the site of the former leisure centre in Green Street to deliver 133 new homes, of which 75% will be affordable. The plans also include a standalone private rented block and a mixed-use commercial building for new offices and ground floor retail/food and beverage units.
Radcliffe Regeneration Office open for visitors
A new Radcliffe Regeneration Office has opened at 4 Dale Street where businesses and residents can find out about the exciting plans to transform the town centre.
Bury Council project officers are on hand to answer questions and talk through the wide-ranging plans which form part of the Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework.
Read more on Radcliffe Regeneration Office.
Prioritising bringing empty properties back into use
As another sustainable approach to increasing affordable housing in the borough, we are also prioritising bringing empty properties back into use.
A new Empty Property Strategy is in development, and we have recently employed a dedicated Empty Homes Officer to help increase the supply of homes for occupation across the borough. Our new Empty Homes Officer will work with our Private Sector Enforcement Team who deal with complaints and take a pro-active approach to bringing empty properties back into use.
The review of our Empty Property Strategy will also allow us to better understand the empty property situation across the borough and what needs to be done to provide the right opportunities for owners to bring their properties back into use.
Read more on Empty properties.