21 September 2017
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham celebrated the completion of 55 new affordable family homes with tenants and local school children in Tameside including the creation of a new orchard, planted by City of Trees.
New Charter Homes’ £5.9m Coleridge Close development in Ashton provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent and is part of the housing association’s drive to help solve the housing crisis.
Mayor Andy Burnham marked the occasion by planting 15 apple trees at the site with residents and pupils from Canon Johnson C of E Primary School.
Andy Burnham said, “We are working hard along with housing providers to make sure that truly affordable housing is available to all and these new homes will help to provide this in Ashton. Greater Manchester needs housing that is affordable and I would welcome more of these developments.”
The trees for the orchard were provided by City of Trees as part of its ambition to plant 3 million trees across Greater Manchester; a tree for every man, woman and child in the region.
Beth Kelsall, City of Trees comments, “We were delighted to work on this project and establish a community orchard as part of the new development. We hope this will create a fruitful forest for the future and benefit generations to come”.
Coleridge Close has attracted praise from several politicians including Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and local MP Angela Rayner who visited the site earlier in the year.