Monthly Archives: April 2015

Amstone Developments plans more than 600 apartments for rent in Salford

Investor sought for major Salford PRS development

North west developer Amstone Developments has launched a search for a development partner to help fund its £130m private sector rental development in Salford, named Clipper’s Quay.

Agent Savills has been hired to seek out a funder and potential long term investment partner for the project, which includes 614 flats. The scheme won planning permission last year for a new build project on the site of a former cinema at Salford Quays. Also included in the development will be more than 17,000 sq ft of retail space, reports Property Week.

The Clipper’s Quay development is in Salford, close to Media City and the recently relocated headquarters of the BBC.

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Willmott Dixon adds Barking PRS site

Developer Willmott Dixon has agreed to buy a site for 650 private rented homes in Barking, east London. The flats will be developed under the group’s Be:here PRS brand, occupying a 3.88 acre site adjacent to a planned Sainsburys supermarket.

The site has been bought from Estates & Agency Group, which previously won permission for the supermarket development on the Abbey Retail Park site. “Barking is a key milestone in Be:here’s plans to create vibrant rental communities at scale across London and other major cities,” said Andrew Telfer, chief executive of Willmott Dixon’s development division.

The addition means Be:here now has a pipeline of around 1,300 private rented sector units, including a development at East India Dock, which is just completing construction and will shortly be let. It is also under way with another project, this time in west London at the Vinyl Factory site in Hayes.

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Villafont proposes Salford PRS block

Manchester developer Villafont Homes has put its first private rented sector development across the desk of planners in the city. The proposal will deliver 372 one, two and three bed flats in a block of up to 15 storeys high.

Villafont has committed not to sell off apartments to buy to let investors, something that has become commonplace in Manchester, as its lower property prices appeal to amateur investors. The Salford area has also become a hot spot for rental apartments, with several major blocks in the area providing private rented accommodation, designed to appeal to young professionals working in the city centre.

Villafont is hoping that planners will agree to its request for the regular affordable housing contribution – normally demanded from private developments – to be waived. Under the city’s existing planning tariff, 20% of the units would need to be given over to affordable housing. In addition, it aims to argue for a reduced Section 106 contribution to local environmental improvements.