A planning application has gone in for new social housing on Silk Street, Newton Heath, bringing a long-term brownfield site back into use.

The properties will include 36 one-bedroom apartments; 12 two-bedroom apartments; 17 two storey, three-bedroom houses; and 4 three storey, four-bedroom houses – and 16 of the apartments will be available to people over the age of 55.

Off-road parking will be included as part of the development, including private driveways for the houses.

Each of the apartments will have a balcony and living walls will provide a green aesthetic to the development, along with shared outdoor green space. They will also be built to HAPPI design principles that ensures larger internal space as standard that will easily accommodate someone using a wheelchair, along with extra storage space.

The houses will have generous gardens and solar panels, while the apartments will feature living green roofs as part of the project’s low carbon commitment.

This will also include the use of Ground Source Heat Pumps, electric vehicle charging points, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to keep utility costs down for residents.

The homes will be constructed by Rowlinson with a design informed by the history of Newton Heath, celebrating the brickwork that characterises the local area.  The homes will be managed by Northwards Housing.

The development is being part funded through the Government’s Brownfield Land Fund, which will help deliver 522 new homes on disused land across the city over the next five years.


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