Mike Garry, the gritty poet laureate of Manchester, performed at the official opening of Poet’s Place, our new £4.8 million housing scheme in Levenshulme.
The scheme’s show home reflects the city’s creative community and is decorated with poetry curated by Mike and a range of work by artists including Stanley Chow, a Manchester-based illustrator who has a worldwide fan base and Michelle Topping, a local painter based at the Mirabel Studios and a sales advisor on our Plumlife team.
Poet’s Place, a development in the south Manchester suburb, will consist of 22 homes for affordable rent and 14 two and three bedroom homes to purchase through Shared Ownership. Great Places Housing Group has partnered with Manchester City Council and MCI Developments to develop the site and Plumlife, the affordable homes specialist, will sell all properties.
VIPs in attendance at the launch event included Carl Austin-Behan, Lord Mayor of Manchester, councillor Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, Bernard Stone, Labour councillor for Gorton South, Bethan Galliers, the centre director at Levenshulme Inspire, a community organisation and Matthew Harrison, chief executive of Great Places Housing Group.
The scheme is aimed at first time buyers from Manchester. A two bedroom shared ownership house is available for £49,875 for a 35 percent share with a monthly rent of £212 and a three bedroom property is on offer for £54,250 for a 35 percent share with a monthly rent of £231.
The scheme was partly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) who provided a grant of £802,000 to develop shared ownership and affordable rent properties.
Mike Garry, poet, said: “The government must prioritise housing to ensure that developments like Poet’s Place are opening on a weekly basis. The demand for modern, affordable housing is now greater than ever and government-backed schemes like Shared Ownership offer first time buyers the chance of owning their own home.”
Councillor Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “New housing that provides either manageable rents or an affordable route on to the housing ladder is always welcome. We need to make sure that more than 2,000 homes are built in Manchester every year and quality schemes like this offer a choice to residents over what type of housing they want to live in.”
Matthew Harrison, chief executive of Great Places Housing Group, said: “We are building Poet’s Place to provide much needed good quality housing stock for Manchester residents to buy at affordable prices. The scheme caters for first time buyers looking to step onto the property ladder.”