£30m investment into homes across Cheshire and High Peaks

Cheshire East and High Peak to receive major boost following Trust’s five-year plan

Living standards, housing stock and local communities in Cheshire East and High Peak are set to benefit from a major boost with help from Peaks & Plains Housing Trust’s five-year plan.

The plan, which sets out how the Trust will help to improve lives and local communities, will see a total of £30million invested across both Cheshire East and High Peak. This will be used to make its customers’ homes safer, warmer and more comfortable places to live.

The Trust will help address the national housing shortage by building 750 high quality homes for affordable and private rent and sale. It has also pledged to deliver ambitious regeneration plans for areas like Macclesfield to make it an attractive and sustainable community for all. This includes regenerating Moss Estate and injecting new life into derelict buildings in the town centre to transform the area.

In response to customer feedback, Peaks & Plains will also continue to develop its digital services over the next five years to deliver a first-class, convenient and accessible service for tenants, from 24-hour repairs booking to even slicker online rental payments.

The Trust is committed to improving lives, having demonstrated this over the past year by investing £2.7million on housing improvements, supporting well over 9,000 people through its wellbeing services, and building 117 new homes across Cheshire and the High Peak.

Tim Pinder, CEO of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, said: “Over the next five years we will continue to be a great landlord and deliver first class services to new and existing customers.

“We want to create homes in neighbourhoods that are sustainable, vibrant, well connected and thoughtfully designed, including regions like Cheshire and High Peak.

“Innovation will be key to ensuring we do this over the next five years. So, we want to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach and use technology to enable us to better understand customers’ individual needs. We’ll be working in partnership with experts across all we do to ensure we create great places to live and deliver first rate services.”

For more information on the five-year plan, please visit https://www.peaksplains.org/media/244341/Five-Year-Plan-2018.pdf and a summary of the key points can be found below:

Five-year plan summary · Priority objective 1: Be a great landlord

  •   Be clear about what we do for our customers and what we expect in return.
    

· Priority objective 2: Invest in and enhance existing homes

  •   Invest £30 million in the upkeep of our homes.
    

· Priority objective 3: Create great places to live

  •   Deliver ambitious regeneration plans for Sunderland Street, Macclesfield Town Centre and the Moss Estate in partnership with key players in the region.
    

· Priority objective 4: Build 750 new homes across all tenures

  • Build 750 quality homes mainly for affordable rent, with a third for market rent and sale, trial modular construction to build our experience and capability in this area, increase efficiency in new builds.

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