Housing Trust pledges £30m investment to build 750 affordable homes

Tim Pinder

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust has unveiled its five-year plan which will see a total of £30million invested across both Cheshire East and High Peak.

The Trust has pledged to build 750 homes for affordable and private rent and sale by 2023 and deliver regeneration plans for areas like Macclesfield.

Tim Pinder, CEO of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, said: "Over the next five years we will continue to be a great landlord and deliver first class services to new and existing customers.

"We want to create homes in neighbourhoods that are sustainable, vibrant, well connected and thoughtfully designed, including regions like Cheshire.

"Innovation will be key to ensuring we do this over the next five years. So, we want to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach and use technology to enable us to better understand customers' individual needs. We'll be working in partnership with experts across all we do to ensure we create great places to live and deliver first rate services."

Photo: Tim Pinder, CEO of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust.

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Sally Hoare
Saturday 12th May 2018 at 2:21 pm
Your report does not say whether any of these affordable homes will be in Wilmslow? There is nothing being built here at present for first time buyers or downsizers.
Jon Williams
Saturday 12th May 2018 at 3:22 pm
On green belt land, next to 3 million pound houses
Jon Newell
Sunday 13th May 2018 at 3:27 pm
This is a commendable aim and much needed. Whether this development is on green belt or brown field sites (and there are plenty of suitable sites around if imagination is brought to bear) the key is the design of the properties constructed. They have to be designed to be affordable, suitable for new families and not just a sop to allow developers to put up properties which can attract short term, lettings at rents which will soon become unaffordable.
The challenge for Peaks and Plains will be to secure the needed sites at prices which are commercially viable for a housing association in the face of commercial developers looking to maximise profits.
The answer lies with the planning departments of the relevant Councils who will need to set the planning parameters to make sure these worthy objectives are capable of being met.
Jon Williams
Sunday 13th May 2018 at 7:20 pm
Rents are paid by Local Council for some, so very affordable
Dave Cash
Monday 14th May 2018 at 4:56 am
Jon, that is NOT the criteria for 'affordable housing'. Currently it is considered to be 80% of purchase price of similar property on same development.
I would hope CEC could require Developer to provide x affordable properties at a % of av UK wage & to require development to be completed in 2 years else current Planning request is revoked & land title reverts to previous owner.
Lisa Reeves
Monday 14th May 2018 at 2:37 pm
I have just heard back from Peaks & Plains regarding whether any of the affordable homes will be built in the Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge area.

They said they can’t be too specific at this stage, but they will be building a good portion of these homes in Macclesfield, most notably the development of three burnt out mills on brownfield land in the centre of the town.

They will also concentrate efforts in the areas in which they already operate across Cheshire and the High Peak.
Jon Newell
Monday 14th May 2018 at 6:14 pm
Dave,
I was aware the CEC definition of “affordable” did not agree with my “simple” man definition - a simple man with an English language O - level. My O level dates from 1970; days when words were interpreted in acoordance with their true meaning.
Any calculation depending upon a %age of selling price is never “affordable”.
Twice the average wage for a 28 year old working within 5 miles of the development (or maybe three times for a couple) would be much fairer.

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