HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD COUNCIL GIVES ORDSALL AWAY TO DEVELOPERS FOR NOTHING
 

Star date: 30th October 2015

ORDSALL BOXED IN BY FLATS AS RESIDENTS GET NOWT IN RETURN

An application by Knight Knox International to build three blocks of flats up to 14 storeys high on Trafford Road, next to Fit City Ordsall, is highlighting Salford Council's current policy that will bring no planning fees back to local residents. Not a cent.

The Ordsall side of Trafford Road has been deemed a `mid value' area, where developers pay nothing to build, but across the road has been deemed a `high value' area where developers could pay £millions. Every stretch of land on the `free' side of Trafford Road has now been taken.

Full details here...


Ordsall development brings nothing to Salford Ordsall development brings nothing to Salford Ordsall development brings nothing to Salford
click image to enlarge

Next week, Salford City Council's planning panel will consider an application by Knight Knox International to build 133 unaffordable flats and `commercial units' in three blocks up to 14 storeys high.

The site is next to the small Tesco and Ordsall Leisure Centre which are currently being hemmed in by the erection of hundreds of flats. In the recent past, such a development would expect to bring in around £600,000 in planning fees (based on official Salford Council figures) which would be spent on local amenities, plus around 13 affordable properties. But Knight Knox will pay nothing. Not a cent.

Even when these planning fees are due to be paid, developers tend to avoid them by claiming their schemes wouldn't be `viable' if they had to pay up (see the £19million Planning Scandal in the print issue of Salford Star – click here). Now, however, Salford Council's new Supplementary Planning Document which came into force this June and allows for massive developer profits (see previous Salford Star article – click here) categorises Ordsall as a `mid value' area – in which anyone building high density flats doesn't have to contribute any finance to the city at all.

On the Knight Knox application, Council planning officers state "The site now lies within an area where under the newly adopted supplementary planning document no
requirement for a financial contribution from apartment schemes exists..."

Meanwhile, the other, Quays, side of Trafford Road is deemed a `high value' area in which developers could expect to pay full planning fees (although the Council has also ripped up any demands for affordable housing in high density blocks in high value areas due to `viability' issues).

The result is that, once the Knight Knox development is complete, the whole stretch of the Ordsall side of Trafford Road will be full of blocks of unaffordable flats – with the city and local residents getting virtually nothing in return.

People might argue that the Council Tax from these properties will make up for the planning losses but an official presentation by Council officers in September highlighted the `negative indirect effects of regeneration'... "Increased population = increased demands for our services and capital expenditure"...

Given the huge development of flats and houses around Ordsall, over the last fifteen years Salford Council reports show that just ten schemes in Ordsall have benefitted from planning, or Section 106, contributions, including Ordsall Hall, the `aspirational walkway' to Media City on the waterfront and the two local parks. Now the area is set to get nothing at all...

Sounds like sense wrote
at 11:42:50 on 01 November 2015
Paul Gerrard's comment sounds like sense. If the council insisted that developers paid the fees that they should, then there would be no need for all the cuts to services. Maybe with so many developers building in Salford, there might even be a surplus of money that could then be invested in to the city.
 
Peter wrote
at 08:16:11 on 31 October 2015
Come on people its obvious Knox don't make millions of profit they built affordable homes for the low paid of Salford. Funny that I will put my meager wage on it there is not one person from Salford in these flats. And I will put money on it Knox male vast profit on the build. And somewhere a councilors pocket gets a little less light but the people of Salford gain nothing oh sorry wrong more cuts to vital services and yet more cars on the streak because Knox charge more money for parking.
 
Michael F in Salford wrote
at 05:31:08 on 31 October 2015
Good point Paul. In fact Salford Council could find the money for our adult transport scheme. It has a massive ability to raise funds from Europe. It can also levy funds from media rights when we exit the EU. All I can see is our local Council lost about how they can provide basic needs in Salford. What a sad Labour Council.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 18:53:05 on 30 October 2015
As it happens the £600 000 that the council have waved goodbye to by not collecting planning fees is exactly the amount we were told was the cost of the adult disabled transport scheme. Of course the council would have had to find that each year. But there seems to be no end to the developers' appetite for throwing up flats so that wouldn't have been a problem, would it? - provided the council charged the fees in the first place.........
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCIL REFUSES TO REVEAL WHO PAID FOR CITY MAYOR TRIP TO SOUTH OF FRANCE
See Rossi's comment below...No you weren't censored - your comment just got lost in the tsunami of spam we're getting since we rem... [more]
article: COURT RULES SALFORD MAN WRONGLY EVICTED BY SALIX HOMES AFTER HE SPENT NINE MONTHS ON THE STREETS
I am a tenant of Salix Homes, and I can honestly say that they are a law unto themselves and don't give a fart about their tenants... [more]
article: PROGRESSIVE PLAYWRIGHTS UNCOVERED IN NEW MANCHESTER GAIETY THEATRE BOOK
A great review Tony. An insight in itself as to the wealth of tallent that has come from our region.... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL REFUSES TO REVEAL WHO PAID FOR CITY MAYOR TRIP TO SOUTH OF FRANCE
Have I been banned, Steve? Has old Philo Rossi been censored for having an opinion? If the answer's yes, then so be it. No body re... [more]
article: COURT RULES SALFORD MAN WRONGLY EVICTED BY SALIX HOMES AFTER HE SPENT NINE MONTHS ON THE STREETS
AND WILL HE BE ALLOWED TO LIVE RENT FREE!!! SOME PEOPLE THINK SOCIAL HOUSING IS FOR FREE AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY. HE WAS EVICTE... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD POLICE ATTEND WASHING MACHINE OPENING IN ECCLES

Star date: 24th June 2018

POLICE CUT RED RIBBON AS ECCLES GETS NEW WASHING MACHINE

Salford PCSOs, a representative from UNISON and other guests celebrated the opening of a new washing machine in Eccles this week.

While the idea of a formal unveiling of a washing machine is hilarious, this particular washing machine is very special indeed.

Full details here...

SALFORD SAVE OUR NURSERIES CAMPAIGN FAMILY FUN DAY

Star date: 24th June 2018

CAR BOOT AND KIDS' FUN IN BUILE HILL PARK

Save Our Nurseries Family Fun Day/Car Boot Sale
Sunday 1st July Car boot 10am-2pm/Fun Day 12 noon-4pm
Buile Hill Park

The Salford Save Our Nurseries Campaign is having a car boot sale followed by a Family Fun Day next Sunday to raise funds for the next stage of the fight to save the city's five outstanding Council run nurseries.

Full details here...

SALFORD CHARITY NIGHT FOR SPRINGWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Star date: 24th June 2018

HOMEGROWN PLAY KERSAL CLUB FOR SPRINGWOOD

Springwood Primary Charity Night
Friday 19th October 7:30pm
Kersal Club £10

Tickets have now gone on sale for a Charity Night at the Kersal Club in October, with headline act, Homegrown, the ace UB40 tribute band. The night is a fundraiser for Springwood Primary School which caters for children with Special Education Needs, and organisers are looking for anyone to donate raffle prizes.

Full details here...

RUBBISH SHAKESPEARE COMES TO SALFORD

Star date: 23rd June 2018

ROMEO AND JULIET DONE RUBBISH

The Rubbish Shakespeare Company presents…
Romeo and Juliet
Friday 13th July 6pm
Salford Arts Theatre £10/£6

Just what every kid needs – Shakespeare done very silly. Yep the Rubbish Shakespeare Company is doing Romeo and Juliet at Salford Arts Theatre, complete with an all male cast, a comic twist and bad wigs, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

PROGRESSIVE PLAYWRIGHTS UNCOVERED IN NEW MANCHESTER GAIETY THEATRE BOOK

Star date: 23rd June 2018

FROM HOBSON'S CHOICE TO HINDLE WAKES

Staging Life: The Story of the Manchester Playwrights is a new history of Manchester's Gaiety Theatre by top author John Harding. It tracks the history of the most progressive theatre in the country which used to stage dramas by radicals including Salford legend Harold Brighouse.

Here Tony Flynn reviews Staging Life and there's a competition to win a free copy of the well recommended 'fabulously researched' book.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx