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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.