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10,000 new homes needed every year to tackle North West housing shortage

It's been estimated that 10,000 new homes need to be built every year in the North West to keep up with the growing population. While new research says house prices in Manchester are likely to increase by more than a quarter over the next four years as supply struggles to meet demand. Ed Harris is a self employed barber in Manchester. He and his partner are finding it impossible to get on the housing ladder.

Campaign to change law for convicted killers

The mother of a murder victim wants a change in the law so that convicted killers who refuse to reveal the location of their victim's bodies can never be set free. Marie McCourt's daughter Helen was murdered by Ian Simms in Billinge, near St Helens in 1988. He's never revealed where he buried her remains. He's been refused parole but may soon be moved to an open prison. Here Marie McCourt explains why she believes changing the law would work.


Residents say new homes will bring congestion

Residents in Boothstown are fighting potential plans to build more than a hundred new homes. They say traffic congestion is already a massive problem in the area and are worried there won't be enough school places to support more people.

But landowners Peel say they are providing much needed family homes and want to build an access road to reduce congestion.

Proposals for 132new homes in Boothstown, Salford

The proposed development is for much needed family homes,and includes new affordable homes. The proposed development will bring with itwelcome investment for recreational facilities and primary schools. It is anextension to the popular Moorings Estate that Peel commenced in the 1990s.

Concerns relating to traffic, pollution and school placeswere all considered in 2014 when Phase 1 Egerton Grange was approved by theCouncil as sustainable development. The current proposals for Phase 2 are alsosustainable with no technical objections received to date. In response toconcerns from residents about construction traffic being routed through theestate, we have submitted a planning application to build a temporary constructionaccess road through adjacent land holdings to reduce construction traffic tothe benefit of local residents.

Louise Morrissey Director at Peel says “We understand local concerns. The absence of a Local Plan to confirm which sitesshould be developed makes providingmuch needed family housing in Salford difficult. However, we haveconsulted extensively on the proposals and demonstrated that the site issuitable and sustainable for housing and able to make a contribution totackling the housing crisis. We proceed with applications under the national policy which gives a presumption in favour of sustainable development.”

– Peel Investments (North) Limited

We are aware of the development opportunity for the next phase of much-needed new homes in Boothstown, Salford.The site is next to our Egerton Grange development, which is proving a real success, with some families having already moved in, including into the new affordable homes which were built first.

At this stage we are unable to confirm if Countryside will be involved in the next phase.

It is our understanding that the proposals include a planning application which has been submitted for a temporary construction access road from the East Lancashire Road, to address concerns raised by local resident and steer all construction traffic away from the existing homes.

As the house builder responsible for the development of phase one, we have listened to local residents and have introduced a series of measures to alleviate their concerns,including an alternative access route and additional restrictions on site traffic. We are also launching a new shuttle bus in February to enhance public transport services to the area.

Should we be involved in the future development, we will continue to adhere to planning conditions and work closely with residents’ representatives, Salford City Council, the HSE and Environmental Health to keep the lines of communication open and minimise disruption to all residents.

– John Grealis, RegionalDevelopment Director, Countryside

Body found in Portland Basin

Specialist officers were called to Portland Basin Credit: MEN

An investigations underway after a man’s body was found in the canal in Ashton-Under-Lyne. The body was spotted by a passerby in Portland Basin, near the town centre, shortly after 8.30am.

A specialist diving unit was sent to recover the body on Thursday morning. Officers say that the man is white and believed to be in his 40s or 50s.

Police say it is too early to establish how the man died or whether there are any suspicious circumstances.

David Cameron visits flood hit Croston

The Prime Minister has been visiting parts of Lancashire and Cumbria hit by record rainfall and flooding last month. David Cameron was in Croston this morning where he announced 2 million pounds in funding for repairs and the promotion of tourist attractions to help bring business back to flood-affected areas. The money will be used to fix bridges, walls and footpaths in time for school holidays.

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