Vistry Partnerships hands over two North West development sites

Poets development taking shape (Demo)

Vistry Partnerships has delivered 100 new affordable and social homes by handing over two development sites in the North West.

Last week the regeneration specialists finished the first two phases of the ‘Poets’ scheme in Salford, handing the new homes over to local housing association Salix Homes.

Vistry’s two completed phases of the 160-home development comprise of 70 affordable and social homes on Swinton’s Beechfarm estate.

The developer has also finished constructing 43 new homes in partnership with Knowsley Council and Plus Dane Housing in Kirkby, Merseyside.

The £5.5m regeneration project saw Vistry build apartments, bungalows and family homes on land off Shacklady Road. All of the properties are expected to be made available for affordable rent.

Vistry Partnerships’ North West managing director Ian Hilliker said: “Vistry Partnerships is committed to playing its part in solving the housing crisis, so we are extremely proud to hand over these sites to two superb housing associations.

“Both Poets and Shacklady Road have breathed new life into their surrounding communities and provided much-needed affordable housing. We wish all the residents every happiness in their new homes.”

Vistry’s role in the Poets scheme saw the demolition of dozens of existing homes, which needed replacing due to structural issues caused by historic mining.

The development’s distinctive name was chosen to represent the heritage of the area, with the surrounding streets named after famous writers such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Tennyson.

The Rochdale-based contractor Casey was appointed to work on phases three and four of the Poets project by Salix Homes early last year. The full development is expected to be complete by February 2021.

Shacklady Road, meanwhile, formed part of Knowsley Council’s Growth Strategy, with the project being the beneficiary of a £1.38 million grant from Homes England.

The new homes delivered on both developments will now be made available via their respective housing associations.

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