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Ground-breaking ceremony for Morris Street

10 December 2021

Ground-breaking ceremony for Morris Street

Groundwork has started at Morris Street in Radcliffe where we are building 25 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.


Clare Cummings, Local Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing Services, broke the ground alongside our colleagues, building contractor Watson Homes, and Karen Barlow from Homes England, the government body for the supply of new homes.


The new development is the fourth that we have delivered over the last year and will provide two and three-bedroom, semi-detached and detached houses on the picturesque two-acre site which is next to the River Irwell and the local nature trail.


Bury is an important town for us. This latest development follows the successful delivery of 19 new affordable homes in Prestwich plus 19 new affordable homes and five eco homes in Radcliffe. We have committed to delivering a range of 1,250 new affordable homes across Greater Manchester to address local housing shortages over the next few years.


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Rob Watson - Watson Homes, Steve Sheen - Head of Growth, Homes England, Paul Wilcox - Irwell Valley Homes Board, Claire Griffiths - Growth and development Director, Irwell Valley Homes, Simon Harrison - Watson Homes, Clare Cummins - Cabinet Member, Housing Services, Labour, Ramsbottom Ward

Claire Griffiths Executive Director at Irwell Valley Homes said: “We are committed to providing a choice of tenures for local people. We’re delighted to have secured funding from Homes England which will support our own investment of £4.4m in increasing the supply of new homes which are desperately needed in the local area.


She continued to say: “Keeping our investment in new homes within the local economy is important for us, so we’re pleased to have appointed Watson Homes to undertake the building work. This is the third development we have worked on with them and we value their local approach.”


Councillor Clare Cummins, Bury Council’s cabinet member for housing services, said: “It was a pleasure to help break the ground on this excellent new project in Morris Street. We need all types of housing in our borough, and these homes for affordable purchase and rent are just what many people and families and looking for. It also complements our comprehensive plans to regenerate Radcliffe and build a future everyone can call home.”