The developer behind a £17m affordable housing development has issued an update as building work gets underway.

Plans for 132 new homes on Green Street in Radcliffe are now expected to be completed by Autumn 2025 after being approved by the council in July last year. 

The development, managed by Great Places' Housing Group, will include 97 affordable properties in a mix of one- and two-bedroom properties.

The project is part of the wider masterplan for Radcliffe Town Centre Great Places, in partnership with Salford-based builder Watson Homes which will deliver 35 homes for private rent and 13,000sq/ft of mixed-use commercial space.

The development is designed to meet the high levels of demand from smaller households in the area. The new homes are mixed tenure for social rent, rent to buy and market rent.

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Cllr Gareth Staples-Jones, deputy cabinet member for strategic growth, toured the site on Monday, March 11, with Great Places’ director of development, Nick Gornall and Simon Harrison, contracts manager from Watson Homes.

Cllr Staples Jones, who represents Ramsbottom, said: “This will be a superb development that will complement the major ongoing regeneration of Radcliffe town centre.

“We need a range of housing across the borough that can meet the needs of all ages, family size and income.

"With such a high percentage of affordable housing, this site at Green Street will be perfect for smaller households and young people.

Bury Times: Great Places' has issued an update on a £17m housing development in RadcliffeGreat Places' has issued an update on a £17m housing development in Radcliffe (Image: Great Places' Housing Group)

“This development will provide people with much-needed new homes and create new employment opportunities – and all on a brownfield site too.”

In addition to housing, wider plans for the site include space for shops, offices and cafés.

The development will incorporate environmentally friendly features including heat pumps and solar panels.

Great Places says the new homes will contribute to long-term development of a resilient and vibrant community, benefitting from all the local facilities of Radcliffe whilst adding to the wider sustainability of the town centre.

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Nick Gornall, director of development at Great Places, said: “We’re delighted to have shown Cllr Staples-Jones around the site.

"We’re pleased that this development will bring much-needed affordable homes to Radcliffe while also providing high quality design which will transform this key gateway site leading into the town centre.

"Alongside the investment from Watson Homes on the site and the investment from Bury Council to regenerate the wider town centre area we are confident that the completed development will offer a vibrant and sustainable community for our customers to call home.  

“We’re committed to building affordable homes in all the areas we operate in, and we’re confident that Green Street will help to go some way to address the shortage of affordable housing in the area and play our part in the regeneration of Radcliffe town centre."