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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...


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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.........
 
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