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Biggest development in NW England given go ahead

by Paul Addison on September 10, 2015 No comments

Salford City Council has given the go ahead for nearly 2,000 new homes. Seven developments, including one dubbed the biggest residential development in the north-west of England, have been given the green light to meet demand for new homes in the city.

Booming Salford – now dubbed one of the country’s ‘key growth areas’ – is set for nearly 2,000 new homes after town hall chiefs gave six residential schemes the green-light in just a couple of hours.

It brings the total number of homes granted planning permission to over 17,800 as part of an estimated £3.5bn worth of investment planned for the city over the next 10 years.

By the end of March this year, planning permission had been granted for just fewer than 3,000 houses and almost 11,000 flats in the city.

The schemes just given approval by the city’s planning panel include four 26-storey buildings at Salford Quays which will provide 1,100 new flats into the area, the development on land off Michigan Avenue including space for shops and/or community facilities.

Some 96 per cent of units in one tower – and 80pc another – had sold before the plan had even been approved by town hall chiefs.

The towers will be built on empty land at the southern end of Michigan Avenue next to the Harbour City Metrolink station.

Plans for 300 ‘student’ flats in the shadows just yards away have also been given the go-ahead.

The Peel Group – which created the BBC’s new home on Salford Quays – is set to develop a 3,000 sq ft plot on King William Street Enterprise Park, King William Street, for private apartments aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students.


The plans for the proposed student accommodation near MediaCityUK

Tokenhouse Developments, part of The Peel Group, wants to stimulate ‘the burgeoning student economy’ by giving youngsters a place to live right next to the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media on the Quays.

Approval was also given for a six-storey, 145,000-square-foot new office for BUPA on a site known as The Regent, next to Dock 9 and the Erie Basin. Around 2,000 staff will relocate from the company’s current offices in the Anchorage and Victoria buildings, protecting and creating new jobs in the area. Construction is expected to start next year.

Bloor Homes will also provide 179 two to four bedroom houses, including 36 affordable homes at Burgess Farm, Worsley, in addition to another major scheme by Redrow Homes which has already started on site.

Meanwhile, a Bellway Homes scheme will provide 140 new homes in Monton at the former Mitchell Shackleton Vulcan engineering works. On the former Vita site, Seaford Road, Rock Asset Management is to deliver 80 new homes.

This extraordinary development is a great brownfield redevelopment story in an area of the city already transforming at a rapid rate. But it will have other consequences for those who bought into developments nearby and whose far reaching views may be changed forever by those 26 storey blocks.

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