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A new housing development in Salford has seen all of its properties now sold or reserved. Poets in Swinton is the first new-build development from housing association Salix Homes, with all the new homes now snapped up by eager buyers. The 160-home mixed tenure development of two, three and four-bedroom properties, comprises of 120 homes for social housing rent, and a further 40 homes for outright sale, available through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. The final 19 homes for off-plan sale were released in April by Willo Homes – Salix Homes’ new affordable home ownership brand - and all were reserved in a matter of weeks. Terry McBride, development manager at Salix Homes, said: The scheme has been part of a wider project to redevelop the surrounding Poets estate, which is also known as Beechfarm, and is so named due to the surrounding streets being named after famous wordsmiths. These include Shakespeare Road, Wordsworth Road and Tennyson Road. As part of the ambitious redevelopment scheme, 146 homes were demolished that had suffered historical structural issues, with the 160 brand-new homes built to replace them. Those residents affected by the demolition of the existing properties were given priority to move back into the new-build homes. Salix Homes is working alongside partner contractor Casey on the final phases of the development, which is expected to be completed later this year. Other affordable housing developments by Salix Homes now in progress, include the Artifex apartment block in Trinity, and Neighbourhood – a 157-home development earmarked for brownfield land in Seedley. Find out more at https://www.willohomes.co.uk
A Salford housing association has launched a new affordable home-ownership brand to support its bold ambitions to deliver more affordable homes to help tackle the housing crisis. Salix Homes, which owns 8,000 homes across Salford, has launched Willo Homes in a bid to increase housing choice and deliver more affordable housing opportunities in the city. As a not-for-profit organisation, any profits will be reinvested back into improving homes and communities across Salford. Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: Willo Homes will specialise in affordable homeownership options including Help to Buy, Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy, as well as homes for market sale. To coincide with the launch, Willo Homes has announced the first properties available for expressions of interest at Artifex – the flagship high-rise development in Trinity. The £15million apartment block comprises 108 one and two-bedroom apartments, which will all be available under the Rent to Buy Scheme. Rent to Buy is a government scheme designed to ease the transition from renting to buying a home by providing a subsidised rent at around 20% below the market rate. People will be able to rent the properties for five years at the reduced rate and then have the option to buy it after that period. Terry McBride, development manager at Salix Homes, added: Artifex is named in honour of the late Canon Peter Green – a much-respected writer and minister at the nearby St Philips Church. During the First World War and until the 1950s, Canon Peter Green wrote a weekly column in The Manchester Guardian - which was later to become The Guardian - under the pen name ‘Artifex’. He wrote about pacifism and compassion as well as articles about social injustice and the importance of housing, and is fondly remembered as a ‘real man of the people who loved the Salford people’. Willo Homes will also soon be bringing to the market the next available properties at the Poets development in Swinton – a mix of two and three-bedroom homes available for sale with Help to Buy. Contact the Willo Homes Sales Team, based at their Sales Suite at Artifex on Blackfriars Road, on firstname.lastname@example.org, 0161 537 3123 or visit www.willohomes.co.uk