The Greater Manchester Jewish Housing Partnership
The Jewish Representative Council attends the Greater Manchester Jewish Community Housing Partnership. It is chaired by Sir Howard Bernstein and includes the major housing and care bodies in the community. Its delivery plan for 2013-4 (set out by Tom Cohen) guides future growth and development activity for Jewish housing in the Greater Manchester area.
It sets out the current site-opportunities that best meet the strategic priorities for development for the Partnership. The Partnership is the forum for sharing development plans and activities for Jewish housing.
This Plan is intended for use by partner agencies and others who wish to understand the current housing priorities within the Jewish community. These priorities range from projects still very much at the drawing board stage, through to projects further along the pipeline to those that are “shovel ready”. The aim of the Delivery Plan is to show the breadth of projects that are currently considered to be both “live” within the Jewish housing sector and supported by the Partnership, so assisting in wider strategic discussions.
Summary of Current Project Pipeline
Currently the Partnership is supporting 8 main developments in the pipeline covering:
- 19.5 acres of land
- 234 properties for sale-shared ownership
- 348 properties for rent
- £87M of projects
- £20.5M of private sector funds already committed
- £9.7M from partner agencies own funds-fundraising
Key Priorities of the Framework
The Partnership will focus on developments, both new build and refurbished, with particular emphasis given to supporting developments which address:
- Housing, both new and existing, that offers people affordable options to live within their community across a wide range of tenures and close to Jewish amenities including places of worship
- Housing for older people – sheltered, Extra Care and dementia provision – with HAPPI principles across a range of tenures
- Housing for older people – generic, quality provision which offers lifetime care solutions – with HAPPI principles across a range of tenures
- Special needs accommodation – that offers both community and assisted living but also specialist accommodation to enable families to look after disabled relatives
- Development of financial products that will increase access to high quality, affordable and low cost home ownership
- All development designs should consider not simply high architectural and environmental standards but also the Jewish design standard
- Housing development activity should have additional economic benefits to the Jewish community, including local employment and training possibilities