Location Northwest | The government is allocating £ 975,000 to Sale West property

CGI of the new homes coming to Sale West. Credit: via planning documents

Julia Hattemager

Trafford Council and Irwell Valley Homes received the money from the Department of Leveling Up, Housing and Communities’ £ 10m Estate Regeneration Fund.

According to the Irwell Valley Homes Housing Association, the money will go to provide a natural play strategy for the property, plant trees and hedges, improve drainage, improve nearby habitats and create a common gardening program.

The funds will be used during the first phase of the £ 50m regeneration scheme, which is currently underway. The first phase of £ 11 million includes 79 affordable homes and £ 7.2 million in improvements to existing homes on the property, including the provision of new kitchens, roofs, fences, gates and boilers.

The money will also enable Irwell Valley to make broader property improvements in the next phase of the project and to speed up redevelopment work to make Phase Three possible.

Ultimately, the Sale West property regeneration project will see up to 260 homes built across 90 acres, improvements to existing homes and construction of sports and community facilities, additional public areas, play areas, roads and parking. The plans for the estate were shaped by the residents, according to Irwell Valley Homes.

Claire Griffiths, Sasha Deepwell and Ralph Rudden, Irwell Valley Homes And Trafford Council, P Irwell Valley Homes

From left: Irwell Valley Homes’ Claire Griffiths and Sasha Deepwell with Ralph Rudden from Our Sale West Community Group. Credit: via Irwell Valley Homes

“In Sale West, there is a strong sense of community and a desire among residents to improve their neighborhoods,” said Irwell Valley Home CEO Sasha Deepwell.

“We are pleased to have been able to access this funding from the government to realize our customers’ aspirations and drive the changes they want to see in their neighborhoods,” she continued.

The Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, Cllr James Wright, called the funding announcement “fantastic news”.

“It’s important that we create housing, not just housing, and the funding means there will be a real sense of community in the neighborhood,” he said.

“The improvements that can now be made will make such a difference to society – and improve the environment,” he continued. “Having playgrounds and seating for children will be great for families and the whole community, so I’m glad we’ve secured funding as part of this vital renewal project.”

Ralph Rudden, a local resident and chairman of Our Sale West Community Group, said: “It’s great news that as COP 26 draws to a close, Sale West has received this funding boost. We look forward to working with residents, Irwell Valley Homes and local authorities to create improvements and tackle the problems caused by local climate change.

“We know that working together can create a healthier and greener future for the people who live in Sale West.”

Aew Architects worked with Irwell Valley Homes to design the regeneration effort with other consultants Nexus Planning, Exterior Architects, Curtins and CPC. Sale West sits off Ordsall Lane. It was originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s.

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