Bolton will see 89 new affordable homes built thanks to a £1.9 million funding boost.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced the 69 different housing associations and developers who will receive a share of £220 million to build affordable homes outside London.
Bolton Council supported social landlords Bolton at Home and Great Places in their bid for a slice of the funding from the HCA.
The council and its partners have identified sites suitable for housing development, and the building programme will see 89 homes being built around the borough. The total cost of the new homes will be an estimated £9.3 million. The additional funds will come from the housing providers and all the properties will be available for affordable rent.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “Bolton, like all other towns, is suffering from a serious shortage of affordable homes. Therefore this funding will provide much-needed housing for those in need, plus the construction work will provide training and employment opportunities.
“These extra affordable homes add to the 289 homes already being delivered through our Affordable Home Programme.”
Chief executive of Great Places Housing Group, Matthew Harrison, added: “We’re delighted to be receiving further funding for the development of more much needed homes for local people in Bolton.
“By working closely with our partners in the council and Bolton at Home, we are achieving good things in the borough.”
Director of Regeneration at Bolton at Home, Gwen Crawford, said: “Bolton at Home are delighted to hear the recent announcement outlining the successful bid for grant funding that will help us deliver new, good quality affordable homes in the borough.”