A village of 500 new homes is being developed on the site of the old Manchester Racecourse – and buyers are being invited to take a tour.
The panoramic video journey whisks viewers through Castle Irwell – visualising how the two, three and four-bedroom apartments will appear upon completion.
Developer Salboy has already completed the sale of 59 properties in the space of five months.
The first phase of development will see 157 homes created overall – with prices starting from £209,950.
Salboy – a Manchester-based property developer owned by Simon Ismail and Betfred’s Fred Done – has more than 1,200 properties under construction with a further 2,000 in the design process.
Ismail said that the new ‘flythrough’ video technology would give an “ultra-realistic vision” of how the company’s latest project would look and feel.”
“Interest in Castle Irwell has been phenomenal,” he stated.
“We are already compiling a waiting list for the next phase of release, with two-bedroom homes benefiting from Help to Buy proving popular.
“The current plots have been purchased almost entirely by owner occupiers with more than 80 per cent sold to buyers from Salford or Greater Manchester.
“More than half our customers to date are first time buyers who are keen to get a foot on the ladder in the heart of their own city and want to and put down roots in a new residential neighbourhood which boasts an abundance of nature but with the city centre just a short stroll away.”
Salboy is expecting to release the next available plots for sale in mid-May with reservations starting in June. The first show home at Castle Irwell is planned for later in the summer.
Ismail added: “Castle Irwell really is the best of both worlds, offering a relaxed, laid-back contemporary new village of well designed, high quality housing surrounded by natural features and green space yet convenient for commuting and all the attractions of Manchester city centre and MediaCityUK.
“I would strongly advise people to register their interest as soon as possible for the best chance of securing their new home at Castle Irwell.”
Castle Irwell has been designed by Manchester-based Calderpeel Architects and is being constructed by DOMIS Construction.
The first new residents are tipped to move in this summer.
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.