Positive ripple effect of new development to be felt "for decades"

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A Manchester youth charity’s long-term future will be safeguarded by the sale of land for housing.

Anwyl Homes’ new development, off Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, will bring 65 much needed new and affordable homes to the area, while The Greater Manchester Youth Federation (GMYF) will use monies from the land sale to reinvest in local youth facilities across Manchester.

The charity supports approximately 30 clubs across the city region.

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Karen Wilson, chief executive of the GMYF, said: “The positive ripple effect from the sale of this site by the GMYF will be felt for decades to come. It’s brought huge social value, delivering affordable homes, and generating cash to reinvest straight back into youth services in Manchester.

1.	Greater Manchester Youth Federation Chief Executive Karen Wilson with Chief Operating Officer of1.	Greater Manchester Youth Federation Chief Executive Karen Wilson with Chief Operating Officer of
1. Greater Manchester Youth Federation Chief Executive Karen Wilson with Chief Operating Officer of

“Every penny will go back into providing facilities for young people in our community. It’s ensured our charity will remain sustainable long-term so we can continue offering vital provision, including youth centres and sports facilities, to give young people positive, safe places where they can spend time.

“Even before the land sale was completed, we’ve been able to plan ahead, knowing this funding for our future was guaranteed. It’s given us greater independence, in place of the uncertain existence charities such as us face when relying on grant funding.

“Enormous benefits are reaching other areas of the city including our centres in Partington and Charlestown.”

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Anwyl was selected as preferred development partner for the site, formerly known as Harry Dalton Fields, in 2022 after a competitive tender process. Planning permission was granted in October 2023.

2.	A computer-generated image of the new Dalton Fields development2.	A computer-generated image of the new Dalton Fields development
2. A computer-generated image of the new Dalton Fields development

Work has now started on new development, which will be named Dalton Fields, a nod to its history. The venture will include three and four-bedroom homes for private sale plus 13 affordable homes, seven of which will be designated for social rent and six for shared ownership. The homes will all be highly energy efficient, using air source heat pumps to provide heating and hot water in place of traditional gas boilers, and each will have an electric vehicle charging point.

Redevelopment of this redundant parcel of land has been able to unlock wider community benefits of almost £558,000 with the funding committed as part of the planning agreement. This will go towards a new 4G football pitch at the neighbouring St Margaret's Centre and Playing Field, where an orchard will also be enhanced to encourage biodiversity.

Funds are also earmarked for Maine Road FC, who play at the adjacent Brantingham Road ground, Alexandra Park, and South Manchester Cricket Club.

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Phil Dolan, chief operating officer at Anwyl Homes, said: “Our new development will bring far-reaching benefits for the community. As well as delivering energy efficient new and affordable homes to meet strong demand, it will also bring on-site biodiversity net gain, additional tree planting and funding for local sports facilities. This includes upgrades to LED floodlights for our neighbours Maine Road FC so the club can host more home fixtures.

“We’ve worked closely with the GMYF throughout the planning process. This land transaction represents a significant step forward for the charity in securing a more sustainable future. We’d also like to thank our partners as well as Manchester City Council and local ward members for their input and support throughout.

The Greater Manchester Youth Federation opened its first youth centre, Partington Youth and Community Centre, in April 2022, entering into a 99-year lease with Trafford Council for the building. It also committed £200,000 to refurbish The Charlestown Centre (formerly the Whitemoss Youth and Community Centre), which reopened to young people in June this year, run by three full-time members of staff.

The Greater Manchester Youth Federation’s roots date back to the mid-1800s when “Lads Clubs” were first established to combat the gang crime of the time. Following its founders’ principles, it was decided that owning football pitches was a key part of its services to communities. Fast forward to modern times and the organisation has diversified to provide youth centres and support sports facilities.

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Harry Dalton Fields was owned by GMYF since 1968. However, it had been unused and closed to the public since 2016.

With work now underway on the first homes at Dalton Fields, Anwyl anticipates releasing the first homes for sale in the autumn.

For more information on Anwyl’s new development visit www.anwylhomes.co.uk/our-developments/dalton-fields.

For more on the Greater Manchester Youth Federation see https://gmyouthfed.org/

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