First new homes completed on former Salford rugby ground

Posted: 03/01/2017

City West Housing Trust has completed the first phase of new homes on the former Salford City Reds’ rugby ground.

The news comes as City West steps up its plans to deliver 780 much needed new properties on sites across Salford by 2018, as part of its parent group ForViva’s wider plans to build 1,200 properties across the North West.

The regeneration of The Willows site will eventually see 103 new homes, with 22 properties for sale via shared ownership. A further 81 houses, apartments and bungalows will be available for affordable rent.

Families moved into the first 14 of the shared ownership properties in time for Christmas.

City West, which owns and manages 14,800 homes across the North West, received £2.7 million funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to support the development of these new homes.

The rugby club moved to its new home at the AJ Bell Stadium in 2012, with the team later renamed Salford Red Devils.

Nigel Sedman, Director of Investment and Regeneration at ForViva, said: “This is a major milestone for the regeneration of The Willows which is bringing much needed affordable homes to Salford.

“We are delighted to be welcoming our first families and to be able to bring forward a scheme that offers a variety of different housing options for the people of Salford.”

The first homes for affordable rent are set to be made available in January, with the entire scheme set to be completed by Summer 2017.

City West is currently building hundreds of new homes at sites across Salford, and has already delivered 450 homes since 2012.

Councillors have also give City West the green-light to build a new apartment block at Corporation Road in Eccles. The three-storey development will include 33 apartments that will be available for affordable rent.

16 families have also moved into new shared ownership properties at City West’s development at Clifford and Green Street in December. The scheme is set to be fully complete by early 2017 with 68 homes and 12 apartments in total for shared ownership and affordable rent.

Work on the 36 apartment complex being built on the former Patricroft Conservative Club on Edison Road is also due for completion in June 2017.