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SALFORD DEVELOPERS TO AVOID ALMOST 1.5MILLION PLANNING FEES AT QUAYS AND LITTLE HULTON
 

Star date: 10th March 2017

PENDLETON HOUSE, ERIE BASIN AND LITTLE HULTON DEVELOPERS AVOID FEES, BUT HOPE HIGH HOUSES HANDS 200,000 TO BUILE HILL MANSION

Salford City Council is set to rubber stamp four planning applications next week that will see developers avoid almost 1.5million of planning fees for a massive 16 storey block of apartments at Erie Basin on the Quays, and 73 houses in Little Hulton.

Meanwhile, an application for 71 apartments at Pendleton House will see no fees paid at all, but plans for 64 houses at the old Hope High School site will produce fees including over 200,000 for Buile Hill Park and the Mansion; although a community bid for the Mansion still has no outcome.

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When Keith Lemon goes Through The Keyhole at celebs' houses he always finds a Buddha, points and goes 'Standard'. When the Salford Star goes through the keyhole looking at the latest planning applications for the city, we always find crying developers who point to the 'viability' of their schemes and state there won't be enough profit if they had to cough up the fees. This is now 'Standard'...

...'Standard' to the tune of over 40million lost to the city in planning fees and over one thousand affordable properties...

First we go through the planning keyhole at Erie Basin on Salford Quays, where Glenbrook SQ Limited has an application for 270 unaffordable Private Rent Sector apartments on Salford Quays in two blocks 16 storeys high.

The Salford Star estimates, based on Salford Council's own figures, that the planning fees should be 1,304,181. Glenbrook is proposing to pay just 500,000, due to `viability'. Standard.

And the Council agrees, stating in the planning report that its "consultant surveyors have undertaken a review of the applicant's submitted viability evidence and consider that the scheme would be unable to support the full level of contributions required and remain viable..."

Glenbrook won't actually be paying the full 500,000 in cash, as it will be providing a 'dockside walkway' which it values at 184,000. The other 316,000 will go towards enhancing public space near its development.

Normally, the Council insists on a 'clawback' agreement whereas if the development does make huge profits it can reclaim some money but here, for some reason, there's no clawback agreement at all if development starts within three months of the planning permission being granted. On this development the city loses 804,181. 'Standard'.

Over in Little Hulton, on the former site of Our Lady The Lancashire Martyrs School on Wicheaves Crescent, Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and Sigma Capital Group are planning to throw up 73 two, three and four bedroom houses for sale at market rates.

As it's a 'low value' area, there is no requirement for affordable housing as part of the scheme but there is a requirement for planning contributions, which the Star estimates, based on Council figures, as 692,308. However the Council planning report states that "The applicant does not agree, for reasons of scheme viability, to contribute the full amount considered by the City Council as necessary to mitigate the impacts of the development."

Instead, Countryside and Sigma will pay just 35,000 towards the renovation of a kids' playground in the local Peel Park. And, again, there will be no clawback agreement if the development commences within twelve months. A loss to the city of 657,308. 'Standard'.

And, opposite Pendleton Church, the stunning Pendleton House, built in 1936 and once home to the Citizens' Advice Bureau and a much needed Walk-In Clinic, will now have a six storey extension on the car park and be converted into 71 unaffordable flats by developer, Endeavour .

Over eighty residents have submitted objections to the scheme including that the height and design of the building is not in keeping with the area; the loss of daylight, loss of privacy and insufficient parking.

Here there will be no fees payable at all, thanks to the Council's cocked up planning obligation 'SPD' which it brought in less than two years ago. According to this failed and ridiculous document (which the Council plans to overhaul in 2019!) developers building apartments in 'mid/low value' areas don't have to provide any affordable housing, nor pay any Section 106 contributions at all.

Meanwhile, what's left of the old Hope High School site is planning to be developed by Bellway Homes into 64 three and four bedroom houses. For a change, the developer is paying the full Section 106 contribution of 908,024 - 362,392 education contribution towards St Luke's CofE Primary School, 335,934 for off site affordable housing, and 209,698 towards 'open space'.

The 209,698 will go "towards the regeneration and improved access to the historic core of Buile Hill Park including the area of Buile Hill Mansion, the former depot buildings and conservatory".

The money could be for tarting up the entrance to the Mansion to make it more attractive to prospective developers or it could be towards helping a community bid for the Mansion by Salford Red Devils Foundation and The Sounds of Salford radio station.

In February, the Salford Star reported that, despite a community interest bid going in for the Mansion over five months ago nothing had been heard since (see here). After the article, Urban Vision got in touch with the bid organisers and offered a meeting but, again, it's all gone quiet...

"Three weeks ago they said they will be in touch but we've still not heard anything" explains Simon Williams from The Sounds of Salford "Surely an email from Urban Vision isn't that hard to write?"

Next week, Salford City Council councillors will be mulling over all these applications but it looks like, yet again, the only winners will be developers. Standard.

Labour in Salford enough is enough wrote
at 1:10:45 AM on Sunday, March 12, 2017
Absolutely disgraceful this Labour run council need sacking, lack of money,3 weekly bins, never see your councilliors,and massive cut backs to vital service but I can Say what will happen .... the top dog workers and councillors wage or expenses Rise way over inflation , Mayor Dennett, it will be very nice for you to comment on these allegations and issues the city council just do not care for the people of Salford . I encourage as many if you to go out on polling day and vote, and to not vote labour ... they are wrecking this city . Look forward to Dennetts comments

Lynny loo wrote
at 1:14:05 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017
Well I thought the council was strapped for cash. Developers not paying their dues and the council doesn't seem to even try to recover any of them it's a disgrace. The more I read about the total disregard of councils throwing rate payers money away. Makes my blood boil. It's true the ONLY MONEY THAT GROWS ON. TREES is PUBLIC MONEY We are all aware of the difficulty of balancing the books, but come on allowing developers not having to pay what they should is in my option is TOTALLY unacceptable !!,

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