New Charter Homes in on its biggest build yet
Saturday 15th February 2014 @ 16:00 by Max Wieland
Community
UNDERWAY: New Charter CEO Ian Munro and Andrew Gwynne MP mark the start of work on the 90 new houses in Tameside.

UNDERWAY: New Charter CEO Ian Munro and Andrew Gwynne MP mark the start of work on the 90 new houses in Tameside.

 

Work has started to build 90 new homes in Tameside in the largest development to be completed by housing association New Charter Homes.

Diggers arrived at the Corporation Road in Audenshaw with New Charter’s chief executive Ian Munro and MP for Denton and Reddish Andrew Gwynne 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 as part of 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.

Mr 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.”

Mr Gwynne added: “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 Tamesider’s 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 will ensure local people can continue to be housed in decent and affordable homes within their own community.

“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.”