There is a national housing crisis as the housing market has not delivered the homes that people need or can afford. Rough sleeping is a visible indication of this. But there are many other challenges, such as young people struggling to secure their first home, older people wanting to remain independent in their community, and families needing a good quality, stable home, but living in overcrowded homes on short term tenancies. We also urgently need to reduce the energy demands of our homes to become net zero carbon neutral by 2038.

  • Four houses in a row with Black doors at Chorley Place

    About Irwell Valley Developments Limited

    All our new homes are built by Irwell Valley Developments Limited (IVDL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Irwell Valley Homes.

    IVDL’s main purpose is to develop new affordable homes across Greater Manchester and the North West.  IVDL does not own, market, or manage the properties it develops, and does not generate any profits.  Once developed, the new homes are handed back to Irwell Valley Homes for people in housing need. The directors of IVDL meet four times a year to approve new homes for development and review the progress of ongoing developments.  

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework includes a commitment to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes by 2037.

We’ve invested

£ 39.4 m

We’ve invested £39.4 million building 261 new homes over the last three years.

We’re investing

£ 128 m

We’re investing £128 million building 734 new affordable homes over the next five years.

We are playing our part building homes of different types, sizes and tenures to meet local housing demand, plus supported housing to help people live well in their community, and eco homes to reduce our carbon footprint.

Project 500

The Project 500 partnership is an innovative, collaborative approach to delivering new homes

Project 500 will be facilitated by seven Registered Providers (RP’s):

One Manchester Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group Ltd The Guinness Partnership Limited Jigsaw Homes Great Places Housing Association Southway Housing Trust Irwell Valley Homes.

All providers are members of the Manchester Housing Providers Partnership (MHPP) framework.

The project is a housing initiative that will deliver new low carbon affordable housing on smaller Council-owned brownfield sites across the city in partnership with Manchester’s network of registered housing providers.

The first phase of the project will build 378 new low carbon affordable homes across 27 sites, predominantly in the north and east of the city.

Future phases of the project will bring the number of affordable homes built to the total 500 target.

The programme will increase the number of low carbon affordable homes available to Manchester residents, while bringing underused brownfield sites back into use.

The homes will be made available for both social rent (30%) and at the Manchester Living Rent (59%), which means the homes will be affordable to residents on housing benefit. (See notes to editors)

A portion of the homes (11%) will be made available for Shared Ownership or Rent to Buy to support Manchester people towards home ownership.

Irwell Valley Homes are working towards getting planning permission for a 13 apartment development designed specifically for those with Dementia as well as building 12 new family homes on the site of a former police station. Both schemes are near Plant Hill, Blackley.

A man showing off the keys to his new property

Completed developments

Construction site

Developments on site

Future Opportunities

Our Development Team are working on many opportunities to bring affordable housing to residents in Greater Manchester.


Rasbottom Street, Bolton

This is 14 houses: 10 x2-bedroom 4 person homes and 4x 3-bedroom 5 person homes.


Willow Street, Bury

 This is a 13-apartment development for those with Learning Disabilities.

Denton Baths

Denton Baths, Tameside

This is a 47-apartment development for older people.

Meadow View

Meadow View, Tameside

This is a 24-apartment development for general let.


Bridgenorth, Trafford

This is an 18-apartment development for general let.

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Sale West Phase 3, Trafford

This is a 50-apartment development for general let along with a 26-apartment block and a 21-apartment block for older people.

Please note, these developments are at very early stages and likely to change. Check back soon for outcomes of planning permissions and confirmed details of schemes.