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SALFORD HOUSING REPORT SHOWS WORKING CLASS COMMUNITY BEING PRICED OUT OF REGENERATION AREA
 

Star date: 2nd July 2015 

BROUGHTON JOINS HALE BARNS AND BOWDON AS LEAST AFFORDABLE AREA IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Latest housing figures show regeneration area, Broughton, joining the likes of Hale Barns and Bowdon as one of the top five most unaffordable wards in Greater Manchester - and local people being priced out of buying one of the new houses that have been built in formerly affordable streets.

Meanwhile, the average price of a home in Salford generally is now £136,875, up 4.4%, while a new build terrace has an average price of £161,000. Renting a flat in Salford Quays averages out at well over £800 per month.

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Is this proof of more social cleansing? A new Housing Market Monitor report by New Economy for AGMA, the Association of Greater Manchester Councils, shows Broughton in the top five of least affordable wards in Greater Manchester.

The table shows Broughton joining Bowdon, Hale Barns, Hale Central and Clifford with a ridiculous `income to house price' ratio of 8.2, meaning average house prices are 8.2 times median incomes. The average house price in Broughton is now £152,704, while the median income is £18,716.

In Hale Central, for instance, the income to house price ratio is 8.5. Broughton is the only area outside of posh Trafford that figures in the report's `Least Affordable Wards' table. The `Most Affordable Ward' is Farnworth in Bolton, where median income is £20,777 and average house prices £73,913, giving a ratio of 3.7.

Broughton is where affordable houses in the Top Streets and Lower Broughton were bulldozed to be replaced by new unaffordable houses built by Countryside Properties as part of the Government's notorious Pathfinder social engineering project to bring `young professionals' in to replace working class communities.

Countryside Properties actually laid the policy out in black and white recently in a planning report to Salford City Council where its latest phase of `New Broughton' would see a `tenure split' of 36% affordable and 64% unaffordable, or `market accommodation' properties... "It was a key aspiration of the Development Agreement to significantly reduce the proportion of affordable housing" it stated.

This latest research shows that it's working, with the local community being priced out of the new housing (for more details see Social Cleansing In Salford in the print issue of Salford Star pages 20-21 – click here).

In contrast, the New Economy report cites Homes and Community Agency statistics showing just 139 `affordable home' completions in Salford last year, of which none were for social rent. The more expensive and misleading `affordable rent' properties made up the majority of these homes (125). `Affordable rent' is priced at 80% of market rent, rather than the much cheaper `social rent' (between 40% and 60% of market rent'). The remainder were 14 `affordable home ownership' properties.

For those who could afford to buy a house, the report (based on figures for 2014) shows that Salford as a whole had the most increase in house sales in the whole of Greater Manchester at 40.8%. The ward of Ordsall, covering Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, had the highest number of sales of any ward with 494, more than even Manchester City Centre. The figures contained within the report make a mockery of claims by property developers that their new blocks of apartments in the Quays and near Manchester centre would be `unviable' if they had to pay planning fees, because of `uncertain market conditions'.

Salford has lost over £19million and 800 affordable homes in the last year alone by developers pleading poverty and avoiding planning obligations (see Salford's £19million Panning Scandal in the print issue pages 27-29 – click here).

The average house price across the whole of Salford is now £136,875, with median household income at £24,605, giving an income to house price ratio of 5.6. New build properties cost on average £149,972, and a new build terraced house costs a staggering £161,193 on average.

Given the huge prices of new homes and houses in general, more people are having to rent and a sample of Salford properties in the report shows rental prices increasing, although based on small samples – to rent a two bedroom house has gone up by 2.4% (average rent per calendar month £545) and a three bedroom house up by 5.7% (£680 pcm).

Meanwhile to rent a studio flat in Salford now costs £510 pcm, a rise of 18.3%, a one bedroom flat £541, a rise of 7.8%, a two bedroom flat £649, a rise of 0.5%, and a three bedroom flat £918, a rise of 11.7%. The report adds that "an average flat/apartment could be rented in Salford Quays for around £800 per calendar month rising to over £900 for a 2 or 3 bed flat/apartment".

Overall, the report confirms what many people in the community are experiencing – priced out of a new house in the regeneration areas, rents going up, social housing availability going down and wages stagnating. Even though, as the report shows, Salford is experiencing a property boom. The question is: a boom for whom?

G.Griffiths wrote
at 18:56:49 on 23 August 2015
There has still not been a reply from councillor Merry. It makes you wonder if he actually cares about the people in his area, many who voted for him. Maybe he is just too busy on twitter and avidly reading the Salford Star?
 
G.Griffiths wrote
at 10:16:58 on 09 August 2015
I have still not had a reply from Councillor Merry, regarding whether he is going to fight for the people who did not get the legally established market value for their homes. Maybe the Salford Star could ask him the questions? By having to pay the shortfall (somewhere between £6,000,000 and £8,000,000,I estimate. That is 6 and 8 million pounds)it would hep to stop this sort of compulsory purchase happening again in areas like this. To anybody from the "Top Streets" area who did not receive Market value compensation, get in touch with the council and ask for the outstanding money. Also remember your local councillors did not stand up and fight for you. Vote them out.
 
G.Griffiths wrote
at 16:42:03 on 03 August 2015
I emailed Councillor Merry and copied in the Salford star on the 8th July 2015 and again on the 19th July 2015, asking him if he was going to stand up and fight for the people who did not get the full (legally established) market value for their homes. He has not yet replied. Remember this when he is up for election. I suggest anyone who did not receive the proper amount of compensation, firstly contacts the council and asks them to rectify it and then secondly form a group and take legal action. This should be similar to PPI claims. Councillor Merry has previously stated that the council can only pay market value for a compulsory purchased property and they have paid below that legally established market value for most of the houses in the area.
 
Beverley Jones wrote
at 05:13:27 on 03 July 2015
It is a sad state of affairs when even the housing offices can't afford the rent. Contour Housing Association has now left there office in the Lowry Mall because it is cheaper to buy a property on Princess Parkway. It is us that will also suffer in getting there on public transport
 
Michael F in SalFord wrote
at 20:49:20 on 02 July 2015
Sadly the transformation continues with now Furness House, Salford Quays changing from offices to new luxury apartments. Blindness by Salford Council is moving me and many others away from Labour. Once we leave there will be an almighty crash in the Labour Power House. Wake up, get more houses, services and support to the vulnerable people in Salford's local communities. http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/custom-house-office-to-resi-plans-in/
 
all scum wrote
at 20:49:00 on 02 July 2015
Or John Wooderson who double the cost of the refurbishments to make it non-viable, but no explanation why the costs doubled. More and more ways to drive the people of salford out!!
 
They don't care wrote
at 17:08:32 on 02 July 2015
If 2001 residents in the top and bottom streets of Higher Broughton told the consultants doing the Neighbourhood Renewal Assessment for the council, that they would be priced out of the area. So if the council were aware of this in 2001, why did they carry on with their plans and allow this to happen? Maybe Councillor Merry and Councillor Warmisham, who approved the plan when he was lead member for housing would like to comment?
 
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