About us

Dérive is a development company wholly owned by Salford City Council.

We aim to

  • Increase the number of affordable homes
  • Meet people’s housing needs
  • Provide quality and sustainable homes and neighbourhoods
  • Maximise social value for the city

A number of council owned under used sites have been earmarked for development, working with others to create mixed tenure developments.

Homes will be offered to people in housing need by Salford Home Search using the city’s agreed allocations policy. 

Dérive homes will be managed and maintained on a day-to-day basis by housing providers on Dérive’s behalf.

Meet the directors

Councillor Kelly

Profile of Councillor Tracy Kelly
Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods at Salford City Council

Councillor Merry

Profile of Councillor John Merry CBE
Deputy City Mayor at Salford City Council

Dérive in brief

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  • 6,094 households on housing register
  • Shortfall of 613 affordable homes a year
  • Average private rent: £814 pcm
  • 52 bids per property advertised

* As at year end 18/19, Housing Strategy and Enabling Team data

  • A new way of working
  • Builds on existing relationships
  • Wholly owned by the council
  • Working in partnership
  • Increasing the number of affordable homes
  • Meeting people's housing needs
  • Providing quality and sustainable homes and neighbourhoods
  • Maximising social value
  • Dérive's second 3 year business plan
  • £15.8m costed and robust business plan
  • Intention to grow further - this is just the start
  • 117 homes for households in housing need
  • 6 sites/schemes
  • 192 jobs created/sustained
  • 16 training opportunities
  • £930,000 residential spending

Company details

Dérive (Salford) Ltd

Registered office

Civic Centre,
Chorley Road,
United Kingdom,
M27 5DA

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Download the business plan


Through Dérive we’re investing in high-quality truly affordable homes for future generations in the city. The rents will be our own Salford rents.

Paul Dennett, City Mayor