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SALFORD HAS ONLY TWO AFFORDABLE HOUSES FOR 4,172 FLATS AND HOUSES BUILT IN GREENGATE AND CHAPEL STREET
 

Star date: 25th September 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL POLICIES ENSURE DEVELOPERS EVADE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Tonight, Salford councillors meet to discuss the 'achievements' of new developments in Greengate and Chapel Street. The report they will see lists schemes comprising 4,172 apartments and houses, including Middlewood Locks and Vimto Gardens, with a focus on 'Creating a great place to live'.

These schemes between them have produced finance for just two affordable houses, in line with official Salford City Council policy and 'viability' evasion.

Full details here...


Salford Greengate development Carpino Place Middlewood Locks
Middlewood Locks
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As Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, bemoans the lack of affordable housing in the city, a new report to be seen by councillors sitting on the Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel tonight, shows that only one housing scheme out of twelve listed provided any sort of affordable housing as part of agreed planning obligations.

The panel, which is considering an update on Greengate and Chapel Street, including Chapel Wharf, New Bailey and Middlewood Locks, will note that one of the aims of all the development is "Creating a great place to live" just not for those who can't afford it.

Carpino Place, off Chapel Street, for instance, has houses with price tags "from 289,950", while a mid-terrace at the Irwell Riverside Urban Splash development will set you back 330,000.

Indeed, the schemes mentioned in the report total 4,172 properties 4,100 flats and 72 houses with finance for just two affordable houses being provided by one developer.

The schemes listed include the English Cities Fund developments at Vimto Gardens: 83 apartments, 14 townhouses no affordable housing; Timekeepers Square: 36 houses none affordable; and Carpino Place: 22 houses none affordable.

The full list is...

Select Property Group's Riverside and Riverview near New Bailey Street - 506 properties, none affordable; plus the company's City Suites 241 apartment/hotel scheme none affordable.

Dandara Chapel Wharf development - 995 apartments, none affordable;

Scarborough Group's Middlewood Locks first phase of 571 apartments, with no affordable housing.

Renaker's No1 Greengate (500 apartments) and Exchange Court (349 apartments) no affordable housing.

Urban Splash Irwell Riverside: 71 town houses and 100 apartments none affordable.

Salboy/Domis Fred Done's 380 apartments at the Blackfriar pub: no affordable housing.

The only scheme that has an agreement to provide affordable housing listed in the report is the UK Land and Property development at Gore Street, which has 364 unaffordable PRS (Private Rental Sector) apartments, and eleven townhouses.

While the developer has to pay for, or provide, 20% affordable houses for building the eleven townhouses, Salford Council policies state that there is no need to provide affordable housing on 'high density apartment schemes'...

The developer itself stated in its planning application: "in regard to the provision of affordable housing, the SPD [Supplementary Planning Document] states that there will be no affordable housing contributions required for high density apartment schemes within high value residential areas, such as the application site....The proposed scheme will therefore not provide any affordable apartments in accordance with the SPD."

Here, finance has been requested for just two affordable houses, being 20% of the eleven townhouses; although the Council doesn't specify in any document how much this totals, it just lumps it in with other Section 106 payments for tarting up the area.

If it's not official Salford Council policy, under which the provision of affordable housing is avoided, then it's 'viability' arguments, ie that if the fees are paid profits won't be big enough...

In the officers' report on the Urban Splash development it states: "The SPD would normally require 10% of the units on a scheme of this size and in this location to be affordable...

"The applicants consider that making this contribution would make the scheme unviable" it adds "...no planning obligations are sought at this stage as they would likely make the development unviable."

This development is one of the few listed that actually has even a 'clawback' agreement, whereby if profits go huge the city gets some affordable housing back in return.

So, either by 'viability' arguments or via official Salford Council planning policy, developers have evaded providing affordable housing. Finance for the equivalent of just two affordable houses, out of 4,172 properties in this section of central Salford alone, says it all.

No wonder Salford has an affordable housing crisis...

Salford Council's Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel meets at 6pm tonight

See also previous Salford Star article: 42million Salford Planning Scandal As Mayor Asks What Is Going On click here

Dazz wrote
at 14:26:11 on 27 September 2017
If Salford is a purported "Corbynite" city, be very afraid! Corbyn's Labour - New headlines - Same old detail! Everything happening in Salford flies right in the face of the Labour Manifesto! It still cozies up to big business, do as I say, not as I do! I've sent Corbyn a pair of flip-flops to match his policies and extra make-up for his two-faces! It's alright complaining about Salford Council, but the only way to change things is to remove them. But the red sheep sleepwalk ever onwards! Salford has a bad enough reputation over social housing without this latest indictment, over two months since Grenfell and more panels came off while the cameras were rolling than at any time afterwards. The population of Salford doesn't warrant decent materials or affordable housing. What they are heading for are a popultaion who doesn't need social housing because they wioll have all been forced out of the city! We are not wanted and the city is being gentrified exactly the same way as London and Manchester.

wrote
at 07:49:23 on 27 September 2017
Wot? Mr Felse is now Labour. Then Corbyn can expect to be next PM if he has welcomed MJF. Be very afraid. Salford Labour must be rubbin hands in glee to have won mad middle ground.

caroline gray wrote
at 20:43:29 on 26 September 2017
one mo crobyn says build more houses next says no... wound not trust him as far as i could throw ..as for your council they hate any body with money .. tony blair did well sorry on other side do not trust labour lies an greed..bindloss ..was because of greed .. not that my husband tried to stop the grounds rents so u would all low cost...u have con men in power ..

wrote
at 14:13:34 on 26 September 2017
I give up. MJF is now in support of Labour. He's completed the full circle of political allegiances.

Bob hope wrote
at 09:59:28 on 26 September 2017
Disgusting that Salford Labour are rolling over for foreign developers , and flying in the face of the Labour manifesto , All hot air and no substance Salford Council, people want affordable not Chelseasification

Michael James Felse wrote
at 09:59:19 on 26 September 2017
Labour Party conference gives Salford new hope on PFI plans. It can open a door to affordable and social house building volume. We should support their new lifeline to get rid of the PFI debt. It is time to welcome back Labour by starting a new page. Well done.

Alien invasion wrote
at 09:59:10 on 26 September 2017
Our heroes discover that by now all of the town's inhabitants have been replaced and are devoid of humanity. After their takeover, they explain, life loses its frustrating complexity, because all emotions and sense of individuality vanish. Invasion of the body snatchers or Salford council planning to get rid of the existing population and replace them? Be vigilant----the takeover by stealth is all around you!

Linny loo wrote
at 18:34:18 on 25 September 2017
Salford council are law unto themselves I am unable to see how the people of Salford can continue to elec them over and over again Crorbyn said when interviewed last week that the government need to stop what is happening with these developers not just in Salford but all over the country. He needs to look neared to home how can he justify his parties action in our city. I have given up hope of hearing anything from the town hall that wil help the residents of our great city. This council are ruining the city I am proud of.

Tom nolan wrote
at 14:49:22 on 25 September 2017
About time this pathetic council stopped the viability let offs and ducking out of the affordable additional housing...I am sure the developer can apply for the discount from tory mates rates rulings.but are we obliged to let them have it.1000s of apartments built over the last 10 years or so,but wat help has council tax revenue been to salford , with all the cuts , not a lot.

Mary ferrer wrote
at 14:49:15 on 25 September 2017
We must make sure the developer's make a decent profit.Can't allow them to be out of pocket.Thank you Salford labour run council. Make sure the developers don't have to help our residents in any way. Take it there won't be any 106 monies???? Good old salford council PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE. Yet again

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