90 NEW HOMES: Work starts on New Charter’s largest scheme

photo 3Work has started to build 90 new homes in Tameside – the largest development to be completed by housing association New Charter Housing Trust.

Diggers arrived at the Corporation Road in Audenshaw with New Charter’s chief executive Ian Munro and Andrew Gwynne, the MP for Denton and Reddish (which includes Audenshaw) marking the first bucket in the ground.

A mix of apartments and two, three and four bed houses available at affordable rent prices will be built at the £8m scheme.

All of the homes will be energy efficient to help tenants with reduced fuel bills and the houses will have driveways and gardens.  The homes are being built on the former Hawthorns school site in partnership with the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency and Tameside Council.

The homes are due to be finished by spring next year.

Ian Munro said:

“This development is the largest yet for New Charter and it marks a very important milestone for quality and affordable social housing in the borough.

“We’ve already completed a number of schemes in the area and these 90 new homes are part of a wider project to build more than 300 much needed family homes in Tameside by 2015.”

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Housing, or rather the lack of good quality homes to socially rent, is probably now the largest single problem my office deals with, as literally thousands of Tamesiders remain stuck on the housing list with no realistic prospect of being allocated a property.

“That’s why I’m delighted that New Charter has embarked on an ambitious house building programme across the borough and beyond. These new homes in Audenshaw will ensure local people can continue to be housed in decent and affordable homes within their own community. And what’s even better is New Charter’s commitment to the apprenticeship scheme, with local youngsters taken on to learn the construction skills for the future.”

Notes for editors

The homes are being built by contractors Crudens Construction and have been designed by Pozzoni architects.

New Charter formed in 2000 as the new landlords to own and manage homes transferred from Tameside council in Greater Manchester. With a turnover of approximately £100m a year and a workforce of around 950, New Charter is one of the region’s largest registered providers of social housing. By incorporating Gedling Homes and Aksa Homes the Group owns around 19,500 homes. It came 10th in the 2013 Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Companies To Work For survey.

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8 thoughts on “90 NEW HOMES: Work starts on New Charter’s largest scheme

  1. Traffic, traffic and more traffic on Corporation Road, Egerton Street and Taylor Lane. Will it solve any housing problems or are we going to see problem families moved here from other areas like we see elsewhere in the borough? Might I add why was this plan kept very secret from local residents until it was leaked from concerned people at the council? Traffic wise keep on putting more cars on the roads and we will have complete gridlock in this area of Denton and Audenshaw! Why could this land not be used for the new swimming baths which will be sooner rather than later be shut in Denton and a few decent football pitches and sports facilities. Give the people of Denton and Audenshaw a bit of something for once and not traffic !

    • Share the concerns over traffic. Local roads are busy. Having said that, I had no involvement in this scheme – as an MP you don’t have a say in planning matters, that’s for the Council.

      There is a problem though. Housing remains one of the biggest issues my office deals with. There just aren’t enough affordable homes to rent for Denton and Audenshaw families. Across Tameside the housing waiting list is over 9,000 – a good number of those are from the local area. This is the consequence of ‘right to buy’ which means over time there are fewer and fewer properties available for others.

      This is a mixed scheme with different kinds of properties including for elderly and disabled people as well as families.

      On the swimming baths I am trying to see if we can secure investment in upgrading and modernising the existing pools (which would be a lot cheaper too in these cash constrained times)

      Thanks for your views.

  2. Good to here a positive response about the baths as it is a vital part of peoples lives not only keen swimmers but for a means of exercise for young and old alike. On the busy traffic can we have our lollipop ladies back I am sure the school on Taylor Lane could be of great assistance in funding this as we don’t want any fatalities. Keep up the good work as I am sure you have a busy schedule. love your cat by the way

  3. Thank you. Yes I think schools have been asked by the Council to contribute towards crossing patrols, as the government now funds all schools directly (rather than via the local education authority) so they have the funding.

  4. Is there going to be any plans of the houses going up. There are none on new charter. I am looking at bidding for one when they become available, but would really like an idea on the size of the bedrooms and living room etc.

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