Local people want more homes so let’s get Metro Mayor building

Wednesday 08 March 2017

City West Housing Trust is partnering the National Housing Federation to push housing to the top of the political agenda ahead of the mayoral election on Thursday 4 May.

New research has identified housing as a top priority for voters in Greater Manchester, where there has also been a distinct move away from traditional NIMBY attitudes towards housebuilding.

40% of voters in the city region believe the new mayor should prioritise plans for new housing in the first 100 days of office, while the National Housing Federation has found that public support for more affordable homes in the North West is now as strong as in London.

Greater Manchester’s new mayor will assume new powers relating to housing, planning and infrastructure. He or she will also have the chance to champion housing policy and seek further devolution of funding and flexibilities from central Government.

The public campaign is being run by the National Housing Federation and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP).

A series of public events will run during March to showcase how local housing providers are building homes, creating jobs and boosting the wellbeing of people across Greater Manchester.

It will call on all six mayoral candidates to sign up and pledge their support for everyone across Greater Manchester to live in a home they can afford.

City West is asking local people to help support the campaign by signing the pledge.

City West is a proud member of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) – a partnership of 26 housing organisations dedicated to creating quality homes that everyone can afford.

Between them, they own and manage a quarter of a million homes across Greater Manchester and one in every five in the city region.

They built over a third of all new housing stock in the area between 2011 and 2015 (more than 8,000 new homes) and have clear ambitions to work with the new Mayor to deliver even more.