Pendleton One celebrates 100th First time Buyer
Locum GP Martin Kavanagh was presented with a special gift to celebrate him being Pendleton One’s 100th first time buyer.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, Councillor Paul Longshaw and Director of Pend-leton Together Operating Limited Paul Hayes made a special visit to Pendleton One to congratulate Dr Kavanagh on his new home and celebrate the milestone achievement for the development and the area.
The new homes are a part of the £650million ‘Creating a New Pendleton’ project, which has seen more than 1200 houses completely refurbished and will see 1600 houses built over the 30-year life of the scheme.
The first big phase of new build housing in the area is almost complete with just a few more properties available for sale.
The project will also see new facilities built and new opportunities created to help support the local community, including employment.
The 36-year-old has bought a fantastic four-bedroom townhouse on Athole Street, ending a year-long quest to get onto the property ladder.
Martin lived in Central Manchester’s Green Quarter for four years, but when he de-cided he wanted to get onto the property ladder, he found the home of his dreams at Pendleton One.
He said: “I wanted a townhouse style of property, one on three floors, and I’d seen this development but when I enquired I was told they had all gone.
“I went back to ask about the next phase of the development, they told me one had become available again so I secured it there and then.
“The location is perfect for me. I work across all parts of Manchester so it’s good ac-cess to the motorway and it’s close to the Quays which is fantastic.”
Martin was able to put down the necessary deposit and get a mortgage. He was very happy with the process which got him into his new home.
He added: “The process was very smooth. I was kept up-to-date by the Advisor at Pendleton One throughout every stage of the process and the development; it made life very easy for me.
“And the aftercare service has been fantastic too”.
And after his hunt for his first home, Martin is very well placed to comment on the availability of housing in Greater Manchester.
That issue is a cornerstone of the National Housing Federation’s push to get housing at the top of the political agenda in the Greater Manchester Mayoral election, which takes place on May 4.
Housing Associations across Greater Manchester are coming together to get politicians to back the campaign.
“I had to wait a long time to be in a position to own my own home as house prices are rising,” Martin said: “So it’s great to see there are a range of options and tenures available to help people into new homes in Pendleton.
“It’s certainly an issue so anything that can help increase the supply of new housing in Greater Manchester can only be a good thing.”
But as he settles into his new home, Martin is excited to see how the area develops.
He added: “There’s plenty of shopping but I’m keen to see how the area changes. I’d like to see more independent shops and cafes and I’ve seen some videos on You Tube about plans so I’m looking forward to the future.”
Paul Longshaw, Lead Member for Housing and Neigbourhoods said: "It’s absolutely fantastic that this housing led piece of regeneration has got to this milestone so quickly.
“Emphasis was made to the partner from the outset that good quality decent homes to rent or buy, at a price that people could afford was what was required.
“Homes that were attractive and within reach to people who have a stake in Salford – be that they lived or worked in our city or close by to the place.”