A selection of brand new apartments at a sought-after dockside development in Salford are being made available to view this month.
Located in Ordsall, just a short walk from both Manchester city centre and MediaCityUK, Dock 5 is said to offer the “best of both worlds” in terms of city life and green space as it boasts a wide array of on-site facilities, with a state-of-the-art gym on the way, communal workspaces, and different resident areas.
Dock 5 townhouses and apartments are available both furnished and unfurnished – with 121 homes up for grabs from October.
Developer ForLiving will use profits from the venture to reinvest into the local community, and build new housing schemes to help end homelessness.
“Our team has been putting the finishing touches to the first phase of Dock 5 and our stunning show home,” explained Mark Edwards – Strategic Lead at ForLiving.
“We’re extremely proud of the community we’re building here in Ordsall and we’re confident people will fall in love with the sleek design, the fantastic location and the opportunities for work and play in a safe, friendly hub.”
He continued: “We’ve put people at the heart of every decision we’ve made here.
“This has helped us add in those extra touches which will make lives easier like parcel lockers, cleaning services, a gym and even pet-walking services.”
Edwards says the development has already generated lots of interest already from locals, graduates, creatives and professionals alike.
“We also know that people are increasingly passionate about being socially conscious, so feel really reassured when they learn about ForLiving’s wider commitment to invest profits back into the community and to help build new schemes to tackle homelessness,” he added.
Dock5 is located on the waterfront of the River Irwell and has been described as “one of the greenest spots in Salford”.
It offers access to the city centre on foot or via public transport links.
The Ordsall area has enjoyed significant investment in recent years – with more jobs being created in neighbouring MediaCityUK, and hundreds of new homes being built on the waterfront.
It is also known for its beautiful historic manor house, Ordsall Hall and famous musical connections like Salford Lads Club which appeared on the sleeve of The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead album.
Looking for luxury living with “community and connectivity from dusk till dawn”? Those interested in organising a viewing at Dock 5 can enquire online.
22-year-old Brazilian, Antony dos Santos, joined the Red Devils just before the transfer window slammed shut on 1 September and now looks to have moved into former United midfielder Pogba’s luxury home, located just outside of Altrincham.
The property itself was valued at around £2.9m when the Frenchman bought it back in 2017, who went on to build a custom indoor football pitch, a gaming pad as well as numerous other luxury additions, many of which bore his personalised ‘PP’ branding.
Pogba finally left Old Trafford in June after a lengthy saga which spanned several seasons and three managers — four if you count Erik ten Hag, though he was virtually out the door before the Dutchman even arrived.
Anthony did joke that it will take some time to remove/replace all of Pogba’s branded furnishings with his own ‘AS’ initials. I mean, it’s a footballer’s gaff, needless extravagance is pretty much a given.
His contribution in the derby on Sunday might not have been enough to spare United’s blushes, but he’s certainly looked like a player doing his utmost to live up to an £86m price tag, let alone a £3m home.
Northern council could become first in England to charge second home owners double council tax
Those who own second homes in North Yorkshire could become the first in England to face a double council tax bill.
In what already sounds like a pretty groundbreaking move, North Yorkshire County Council is considering the introduction of a 100% council tax premium on second properties in the hugely-popular region, ITV reports.
It comes after local people, especially young families, expressed concerns that they are being priced-out of the housing market.
In a report to the Council’s executive, which is set to be discussed at a meeting today (Tuesday 20 September), it was explained that second home ownership within the North Yorkshire area is “significant” and is “recognised to have a negative impact” in terms of the supply of homes available in order to meet local housing need.
The report explained that the proposed new council tax levy would apply to properties that are left empty for more than a year.
It’s believed it could generate £14 million in revenue, the report said.
The report being discussed in today’s meeting follows a recommendation by the Rural Commission last year to place a charge on second homes to finance affordable housing, and comes after people in the North Yorkshire costal tourist town of Whitby voted in favour of new measures to reduce the number of homes being used for holiday accommodation.
It’s not the first time double council tax has been proposed in the region though, as a decision about a second homes premium was once postponed after some Council members said it could encourage council tax avoidance.
Others also said the measure would be difficult to implement – but it seems the Council is hoping it’ll be better received this time round.
Similar measures introduced in Wales have been cited for reasoning as to how it could work.
“The second homes figures in Wales suggest that, regardless of any avoidance issues that might remain within the system, there should still be sufficient incentive for the council to consider a council tax premium on second homes in order to help address the issues caused by second home ownership within the area,” the report reads.
Could it actually become a reality then? And could this be the start of second home council tax premiums in other counties? If approved, the measure would be introduced in North Yorkshire from April 2024.