The first social housing to be built in Trafford in a decade is taking shape.

A block of flats named after the much-loved councillor Ray Bowker, who died aged 83 in January, is coming together on Carrfield Avenue in Timperley.

The housing development will feature 30 apartments, 20 one-bedroom homes and 10 two-bedroom homes, which will all be ‘affordable’ and available at social rent levels.

The three-storey block is the first to be built using funds from the Trafford Affordable Housing programme and is set to be completed in April 2021.

The development is named Bowker Court in tribute to Coun Ray Bowker, who was a lifelong Timperley resident and former Mayor of Trafford.

He was first elected to the Charter council of Trafford in 1973 and was heavily involved in the Carrfield Avenue project from its beginnings.

Trafford council’s executive member for housing, Coun James Wright, the council’s housing strategy and growth manager, Caroline Siddall, and Trafford Housing Trust’s development director Graeme Scott were given a tour of the site this week.

There will be 30 flats on site, 20 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom

Coun Wright said: “I am delighted to see the progress that has been made on building work at Bowker Court. These are the first new social housing units to be built in Trafford for over a decade and we’re very proud that they have been funded from the council’s affordable housing fund.

“One of the council’s main corporate priorities is to build quality affordable social housing and this scheme involves just that. Thank you for all the hard work from officers and members at the council and colleagues from Trafford Housing Trust.”

Graeme Scott said: “Trafford Housing Trust’s partnership with Trafford council and the resulting development at Carrfield Avenue is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by working together. We very much hope that by continuing to do so we will deliver considerably more much-needed social housing throughout the borough.”

The 30 units at Bowker Court are for social rent and are being built by contractor Mears New Homes on behalf of Trafford Housing Trust and Trafford council.