On Monday 24 June, Great Homes and Places Summit brought together housing providers, investors, developers, planners, business, voluntary organisations and trade bodies from the Greater Manchester housing world behind Greater Manchester’s plans to do housing differently and deliver 201,000 quality homes by 2037.

‘Great Homes for Greater Manchester’ has brought together the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP), Home Builders Federation, Homes England and the National Housing Federation with Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and GMCA Housing Portfolio Lead, Mayor Paul Dennett.

The GMCA Housing Strategy – agreed last week – includes the following proposals:

  • Commitment to deliver at least 50,000 additional homes by 2037 that people can truly afford
  • All new homes built within city-region to be carbon neutral within 10 years; entire city-region aiming for carbon neutrality by 2038
  • ‘Healthy Homes Service’ plans to help vulnerable people live safely and independently announced
  • Plan to tackle poor rented housing through Good Landlord Scheme and an Ethical Lettings Agency, being set up by Greater Manchester’s Housing Providers

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:

“It is absolutely necessary for everyone to have a good home. We need to make sure we are building more homes and also that we are taking action to raise standards across the city-region so that the needs of all our residents are met. In my view it is vital that decent, quality housing is made a right in UK law.”

Paul Dennett, the GMCA Lead on Housing, said:

“Housing is fundamental to the quality of everyone’s lives, so it’s a vital part of our work to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. The strategy focuses on where we can make a real difference by working together across the city-region and also makes the case to Government for the national changes needed to tackle the challenges faced by people in Greater Manchester.”

Jon Lord, Chair of Greater Manchester Housing Providers, a coalition of housing providers, who collectively house one in five people in Greater Manchester, said:

“Greater Manchester’s housing providers are hugely supportive of the GMCA strategy and stand ready to play their part in delivering its goals, including up to 16,000 new homes over the next five years.”

Gill Morris, spokesperson for the Great Homes for Greater Manchester said:

“Our aim is to bring the public and private sector together in a ground-breaking collaboration to help the Mayor meet the housing needs of the residents of Greater Manchester. The Strategy sets out a vision we can now all get behind. Today’s summit will look in detail at how together we can deliver safe, decent, affordable and carbon neutral homes for all.”

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