Robin Capon had set his sights on becoming a homeowner before he turned 30, and after recently moving into his new home at Poets in Salford, Greater Manchester, his ambition became reality just in time.
The £22million Poets redevelopment project in Swinton is now finished and fully occupied – bringing 160 brand-new homes and breathing new life into the area, which is also known as Beechfarm.
Poets has been a major redevelopment scheme from housing association Salix Homes and has seen 146 defective properties, that were affected by structural issues, demolished.
In their place, Salix Homes has built 120 new social housing properties, plus a further 40 homes for outright sale, available through the government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “Construction at the Poets began five years ago, but we’ve been developing proposals with the community for many years before that alongside Salford Council, so to see the development finally complete and those ambitions for Poets brought to life is a monumental moment for the area and the community.
“This area has always been known for its real strength of community, and we have endeavoured to preserve that community spirit throughout the development, so it’s fantastic to see residents, both new and old, settled and making memories in their new homes.
“At a time when social and affordable housing is in such short supply, we’re incredibly proud that Poets has increased housing choice in the area, bringing new, modern homes to both people on the social housing register and aspiring homeowners.”
The mixed tenure development of two, three and four-bedroom homes, marks the first new-build scheme for Salix Homes and its first properties available for sale as part of its affordable home-ownership brand - Willo Homes.
Accountant Robin had been renting in Manchester City Centre for several years but decided to take the plunge into home ownership after discovering the new Poets development in Swinton.
He explained: “I’d been renting for a few years in the city centre, but during the pandemic I really wanted to move somewhere with some outside space.
“I’d always liked town house style properties and I knew I wanted a new-build as I like the idea that you don’t need to do anything to the property and can just move straight in.
“When I went to see the homes at Poets, I wasn’t really thinking that I’d buy one, but it was just what I wanted in the right area, and I signed up the next day.”
Poets is a mixed tenure development, comprising 160 two, three and four-bedroom homes. It derives its name due to the surrounding streets being named after famous wordsmiths, which include Shakespeare Road, Wordsworth Road and Tennyson Road.
It’s the first new-build development from housing association Salix Homes, with 40 properties available for outright sale through the Help to Buy scheme, via Salix Homes’ affordable home-ownership brand - Willo Homes.
Robin is now the proud owner of a three-bedroom style townhouse and moved in on Christmas Eve, a few weeks before his 30th birthday.
He said: “I’d always said I’d like to get on the property ladder before I turned 30 and I just made it. I’d been renting for many years, so it was such a relief to finally get the keys and move in.”
Robin is settling into to his new home, and after working from home during the pandemic, has transformed one of the bedrooms into a home-office.
He added: “I didn’t really think it would feel much different to renting, but it does. It’s the first house I’ve lived in that’s actually mine and I’ve become really house proud. I love it here.”
The Poets development is now finished and fully occupied. Willo Homes is now working on other new-build, affordable housing developments across Salford, which includes Neighbourhood – a 157-home development in Seedley; and Greenhaus – an eco-friendly apartment block on Chapel Street.