Plans unveiled for 160 new homes in Swinton

Ambitious plans to build more than 160 new homes in Salford have been unveiled.

Housing association Salix Homes, which owns more than 8,300 homes in central Salford, has submitted a planning application to Salford City Council to build 161 properties on the Beechfarm Estate in Swinton, also known as the Poets Estate.

Salix Homes has been working closely with the Poets Estate Steering Group, made up of residents, councillors and representatives from the social housing provider, to develop proposals for an area of the estate where the properties are affected by structural issues.

The steering group voted in favour of redeveloping the estate and as part of the proposals, 146 affected properties will be demolished and replaced with 161 new homes – creating additional and much-needed housing in the area.

The affected properties on the estate are located on Blantyre Street, Shakespeare Road, Stevenson Road, Tennyson Road, Kingsley Road and Wordsworth Road.

The new homes will be a mix of two, three and four-bed homes, 120 of which will be available for rent from Salix Homes, replacing the 119 rental properties being demolished, while 41 will be for sale.

The proposals come after Salford Council transferred its housing stock to Salix Homes earlier this year.

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said:

“We made a promise to our tenants on the Beechfarm Estate that we would deliver this development if the transfer went ahead, so we are delighted to be able to move forward with our plans so soon after transfer.

“We have worked very closely with the residents every step of the way and we are confident that our significant investment in this community will help deliver much-needed new and improved homes for Salford.

“This is an exciting time for Salix Homes and our residents as we continue to work together to develop desirable and sustainable communities which will make this area a much more attractive place to live and work.”

The plans are expected to be approved by the council in March, and Salix Homes hopes to start work on site in November next year.

The project will be carried out over four phases and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.