Due to the continued pressure of austerity on our Council's finances - with nearly £100m cut since 2010 - Bury Labour wants to do all it can to grow our Borough and provide some desperately needed social and affordable homes for those struggling with housing.
Therefore, as part of Bury Labour’s blueprint to grow the borough we have announced that we will build the first Council owned social housing in the borough for many decades, part of our ambitious plans to build thousands of new homes on brownfield sites over the next decade.
This is in addition to the £10m spent on 60 affordable units at Peachment Place, which has recently opened its doors to new tenants.
In addition, people who leave their properties empty for two years or more will be charged double the standard rate of council tax, the maximum allowed by law. This is to encourage occupation and/or redevelopment of empty houses. The proceeds of any additional revenue will also go towards funding some of our growth aspirations.
Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing, explained the plans: "There is a yawning gap in the current housing market in Bury, with many younger families and first-time buyers struggling to get on the housing ladder and others pushed into expensive private rented properties.
Our aim is to build the new homes on brownfield sites and we will work with Homes England to deliver these. Building new homes of this type will also help attract new investment and create new employment opportunities in the area.
The rate of delivering the new homes will be determined by the ability to secure brownfield land for house building, including in town centre regeneration schemes.”