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About Great Places

Great Places Housing Group exists to improve the lives of the people living in our 25,000 homes across the North West and Yorkshire. We are much more than just a landlord, providing a wide-range of services and promoting partnership work to create vibrant, sustainable communities.

The Group

The Group, which is supported by approximately 800 colleagues across four regional offices (our Manchester head office, Oldham, Sheffield and Blackpool), encompasses:


  • Great Places Housing Association – providing general needs rented homes and tenancy services as well as accommodation and services that promote independence and wellbeing for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
  • Plumlife – an award-winning affordable home ownership company. Plumlife helps people to fulfil their home ownership dreams through Help to Buy schemes such as Shared Ownership as well as outright sale.
  • Cube – developing quality new homes for market sale and private rent.


Our history traces back to 1972; however, it was the merger of Manchester Methodist Housing Association and Ashiana Housing Association in 2006 that created Great Places Housing Group.

Profit for Purpose

Great Places is a profit-for-purpose organisation that gives back to our customers, communities and colleagues.

Our aim is to be as efficient as possible and remain a top performer in the industry; however, we then make a very conscious decision to use a large chunk of our surplus to be much more than just a landlord and improve our customers’ lives.

Harnessing the power of our commercial activity to allow us to deliver on our charitable objectives is something we can now do even better as a bigger, stronger and more resilient organisation following our merger in April 2020.

Profit for Purpose motion graphic

Our vision is clear – we are committed to creating:

  • Great homes: maximising our investment in sustainable homes
  • Great communities: building successful, vibrant communities
  • Great people: providing outstanding customer service and support

Our vision is supported by the following core values:

  • We are fair, open and accountable
  • We know, respect and care about our customers
  • We appreciate the effort of everyone who works here
  • We promote partnerships, efficiency and value for money
  • We passionately embrace creativity, change and innovation