Show homes unveiled at Millbank Lock

The UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, Countryside Partnerships, alongside its partners, affordable housing provider, Great Places and build to rent specialists, Sigma Capital c/o Simple Life Homes, celebrated the progress being made at Millbank Lock with an event at the site’s new show homes.

Representatives from Trafford Council joined the partners for a tour of the homes and also had the opportunity to meet with some residents who had recently moved into a Great Places affordable rented property.

The site, just off Lock Lane, overlooks the Manchester Ship Canal and is set to transform this part of Partington, Greater Manchester. The development will eventually consist of 449 homes, 117 of which will be affordable, managed by Great Places, and 98 homes will be built exclusively for rent for Sigma’s Simple Life Homes rental brand. Countryside will also be investing over £1.8mil into the local community, including c.£800,000 towards the Carrington relief road.

Joe Turner, Managing Director, Manchester and Cheshire East, Countryside Partnerships:

“Through collaboration with partners such as Great Places and Sigma, our development portfolio remains diverse, delivering the homes that people need in the areas that need them most. It was great to get together, alongside Trafford Council, at this strategically important site that is not only satisfying local housing demand but is also enhancing the wider community through significant investment.”

Nick Gornall, Director of Development at Great Places, commented:

“We’re delighted to have shown Councillor Ross around our new homes at Millbank Lock, a new neighbourhood that will provide 117 affordable homes in an increasingly popular area of Trafford and an ideal spot for first time buyers and families alike to put down their roots and become part of a thriving community. The first phase received a lot of interest, and we expect similar interest with the launch of the second phase.

“Building much-needed affordable housing continues to be a key priority in all the areas we operate in, and Countryside shares our commitment to creating great homes across Greater Manchester. Our partnership with Countryside has allowed us to deliver thousands of new affordable homes across the years and at present we have 450 affordable homes in construction on joint sites across Greater Manchester, this highlights the importance and power of a partnership approach. We look forward to bringing more sites forward in this way to enable the delivery of further affordable homes across Greater Manchester.”

Alec Maullin, Project Manager, Sigma Capital Group, commented:

“Having worked with Countryside Partnerships for over 17 years, we’re really excited to be providing further, much needed, high quality rental homes to a new area for us in the North-West. Residents of Simple Life can expect a professional service teamed with modern fixtures and fittings, which, together with our partners provides a (pet friendly!) place to call home for the long term. We hope that our presence in the local area, starts to positively impact the standard of renting for hard working local people.”

The partners were joined on the day by the leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Tom Ross, who was able to meet Great Places residents, Mr & Mrs Burke.

Tom Ross, Leader, Trafford Council, commented:

“It’s partnerships like these that make sure the demand for people wanting to live in our borough can be met. We have ambitious regeneration plans for Partington and we’ve already successfully bid for an £18m redevelopment of the Sports Village. These homes, along with a £1.8m investment in community facilities and infrastructure, are a major part of that regeneration. Above all, we want residents to be happy and healthy, and feel part of the community. Millbank Lock will play a big part in our vision for Partington.”

Mr & Mrs Burke, residents at Millbank Lock, commented:

“We moved to Millbank Lock in May this year and are both very happy here. The area is nice, the house is great, and we are looking forward to the years ahead. This is our ‘forever home’.”

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