Manchester Salford Pathfinder
The Manchester Salford Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder (MSP) was an informal unincorporated partnership set up by Manchester and Salford City Councils that operated between 2003 and 2011 to develop and coordinate a long-term strategic programme to restructure the housing market in parts of North Manchester, East Manchester, South Manchester and Central Salford.
At the start of the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) Programme in 2003, neighbourhoods in these areas had experienced many years of severe population loss and housing market decline and failure, exhibiting exceptionally high levels of deprivation, poor quality housing and very low levels of owner occupation.
MSPís aim Ė which is being maintained by the two City Councils - was to support the economic growth potential of the Manchester City region by renewing these neighbourhoods so that they provide a mixed housing offer with higher quality and a more diverse range of housing types, values and tenures that will meet the aspirations of both new and existing residents.
This was part of a drive to create sustainable areas where people choose to live, work and invest. HMR was aligned with mainstream funding and other investment streams that are delivering improvements to schools, community facilities, health centres, shops, transport provision and leisure amenities to make successful neighbourhoods.
The separate funding stream for HMR ended on 31 March 2011 but the task to restructure housing markets at the core of the Greater Manchester conurbation is still not complete. The two City Councils remain committed to working together to finish the task that has been started.
Regeneration in Manchester and Salford
Details of the work of the two cities taking the renewal of
neighbourhoods forward can be found at the links below.
Audit Commission Report
The work of the Manchester Salford Pathfinder has been independently evaluated by the Audit Commission.
The Commission's most recent report on the Partnership's work is available HERE
Other reports on the national Housing Market Programme are available HERE