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Star date: 7th December 2017

BOULEVARDS, HIGH RISE BLOCKS, VENUES AND A PARK FOR GREENGATE – BUT NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Salford City Council is currently consulting on the future of Greengate, which it sees as the Irwell version of New York's Brooklyn. As well as developing a new park, Greengate Boulevard and venues for culture, the vision includes more low, medium and high rise blocks "offering quality choices for the conurbation's skilled workforce".

The 41 page document doesn't mention affordable housing for inclusion in any of its 'vision'.

Full details here...


Greengate Vision Salford Greengate Salford Greengate Salford
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'...It's an urban splash art ghetto, Jim
Beasley Boulevard...

...Anything could happen
But it hardly ever does
There's a pub but the regulars are barred
Nobody there to harsh your buzz
On Beasley Boulevard

Ring-a-ding-ding regime change
A long way overdue
Now the dogs are gone and it's pale and strange
With a whole new kind of view
It's better than Paradise
If you don't look too hard
Made over nice n nice...

A Garden of Eden in every yard
A phone box cleared of hookers' cards
They've got to promenade
On teazy wheazy easy-peasy
Beasley Boulevard...'

Extract from Beasley Boulevard by John Cooper Clarke


Salford City Council's new vision for Greengate is currently being consulted upon until 22nd January... "A distinctive place to live, work and visit, proud to be more Brooklyn than Manhattan, where people and businesses, from near and far, can find the space they need to thrive, prosper, create and connect."

The area is to be made over with Greengate Boulevard, a new Greengate Park and a replica Market Cross referencing past heritage. The long-neglected Collier Street Baths is to be the centre for "a significant new musical focus...tapping into the existing strengths of the Eagle Inn and Blueprint Studios...", while arts and crafts people will be encouraged to move into spaces created.

There will be three zones – the Collier Street Magnet which will feature low rise blocks of flats; Central Greengate which will feature medium to high rise blocks of flats; and Greengate Riverside with more high rises.

The vision aims to "increase the residential offer, with popular neighbourhoods, offering quality choices for the conurbation's skilled workforce" and "to develop the culture and leisure offer, building on existing assets, to develop a distinctive lifestyle offer for residents, workers and visitors..."

However, nowhere in the 41 page 'vision' is affordable housing on the agenda. Any Section 106 monies from developers will be put towards "public realm and public transport provision", while "there will still be a substantial public sector funding requirement to deliver all of the proposed interventions..."

Meanwhile, any existing businesses which don't want to make way for the 'vision' might well be subject to compulsory purchase...

"Whilst the council does not anticipate large scale use of compulsory purchase powers, given the historic nature of land ownership in the area some parties are likely to be only interested in retaining existing income streams from temporary/low quality uses" the report states "Selective use of CPO powers may therefore be
justified for specific prioritised development and infrastructure activities and to give certainty to the development process."


The plans are currently being consulted upon, with almost zero publicity, but the full vision can be read by clicking here

Salford Council is also holding a drop-in session on the 13th December at Block 12, Spectrum, Blackfriars Road between 1pm and 7pm (access from Blackfriars Road), where Council officers will be present to answer any questions.

The closing date for the consultation is 22nd January 2018.

Comments can be sent by letter to: Duncan McCorquodale, Regulatory Services, Urban Vision, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 5AS

Or email PPC@urbanvision.org.uk

Bright Visions wrote
at 07:29:43 on 15 December 2017
This can only be good news. 10 years ago the area was horrendous. You had to look over your shoulder walking down the street, your car was either robbed or stolen, gangs would either smash things up or thieve the gold from your teeth. Finally some much needed investment and a brighter, safer and cleaner future for all the DECENT people of Greengate.
 
wrote
at 11:52:58 on 08 December 2017
LA La LAngworthy LAnd - Felsey on the funny pills again?
 
Sniffy wrote
at 08:07:30 on 08 December 2017
More Brooklyn than Manhattan ! Where do these shite spewing clowns dream up such bullshit Let's just hope it's just More Salford than Manchester .
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 08:04:25 on 08 December 2017
Vision for Salford is essential now the latest Brexit deal pages are signed by our PM. I DEMAND our Salford Council takes this most important next two years exit seriously and invests £50million into Buile Hill Park making it fit and ready to become the location for the North West devolved English Parliament. Langworthy stands to gain £425million from such an action getting the much needed 3800 new jobs that will make LAngworthy the UK's La La Land in terms of massive future investment outstripping Greengate. UKIP has never been more important for Seedley and Langworthy than today in making our Proud City totally fit for post Brexit.
 
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