Development update

Great Places has had an amazingly busy year as we create new homes and communities across the north.

At the end of October, we had 33 live sites across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Yorkshire with over 1,000 new homes currently under development despite the restrictions regarding the pandemic.

The new homes will be made available for affordable rent, social rent, market rent, shared ownership and market sale.

Sites currently under construction include:

Greater Manchester

The former Cussons factory site in Kersal Vale will be turned into 109 new homes for market sale, shared ownership and affordable rent.

Cube Homes and Plumlife will be selling the properties. Visit and for more information on these homes, as well as others across the north.

We’re also building in Salford where a mix of 43 much-needed two and three-bedroom homes and one and two-bedroom cottage flats are being developed. For affordable and social rent, we’re working in partnership with Dérive and Watson Homes to deliver these.


Great Places is developing its first modular development on the site of a former care home on Shorrock Lane in Blackburn, which had become a vandalism hot spot.

The £2.8million development will see 16 two and three-bedroom properties built on the site.

We are investing in other places across the county including Blackpool, Catterall, Lytham St Annes and Oswaldtwistle.

South Yorkshire

There’s a lot of activity for our Yorkshire Team with on the horizon with new homes being built in Thrybergh, Rotherham. This development will see 237 new homes built - 84 by Great Places - as part of a £28 million regeneration of the site.

We’re also commencing development in the new year right in the heart of Wybourn, our anchor neighbourhood in Sheffield. As well as removing long term derelict properties and providing 12 affordable rent apartments, the scheme will also include the creation of a new community centre for the neighbourhood.

We’re also building 57 new affordable homes in Hollingworth, Greater Manchester.

The new £7.3m development will transform the derelict site of the former Organ Public House in Market Street. This will create five apartments, with the rest of the 3.6-acre site being used to accommodate 52 new homes.

This is a snapshot of the work Great Places is doing across the north as we go above and beyond to tackle the housing crisis in England.