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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