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HUGE APARTMENT BLOCK TO BE ADDED TO CANON GREEN COURT SALFORD
 

Star date: 31st May 2018

SALIX HOMES ADDS 108 RENT TO BUY APARTMENTS TO CANON GREEN COURT

Salix Homes controversial proposals for 108 rent to buy apartments added to the grounds of Canon Green Court and Westminster House is set to be rubber stamped by Salford Council at its planning panel next week.

A few years ago, Salix stated that it could bring all of Salford Council housing stock up to decent homes requirements if tenants voted in favour of the transfer to the company – but later decided it couldn't afford to refurbish these blocks unless this new high rise was added to finance it.

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Canon Green Court Salford Canon Green Court Plan Salford
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Plans by Salix Homes for a huge new apartment block to be added to the grounds of Canon Green Court and Westminster House in Trinity are set to be rubber stamped by Salford City Council's planning panel next week.

The new block, titled 'Blackfriars' will be between eight and eleven storeys high and contain 108 apartments (18 one-bed and 90 two-bed) available on a rent to buy basis. This scheme is classed as 'affordable housing', as it "allows working households to rent a home at 80% of market rent and purchase the property at year five if they wished".

To accommodate the block, an area of green space will be lost plus 26 mature Category B trees, including London Planes and Limes, which would, according to the Council planning report, 'significantly impact the street scene'. To mitigate the destruction, Salix will instead plant 54 'similar species' trees.

With 108 apartments set to be plonked on the site, Salix should be paying fees for public realm, open space and transport infrastructure but the company won't be asked for a penny as it would make the scheme 'financially unviable'...

"...It is recognised that the applicant has demonstrated that in not providing contributions towards open space and public realm improvements that are able to deliver a development that comprises entirely of affordable housing, that exceeds the affordable housing requirements for apartment schemes in this part of the City by 100%" states a Council planning officer.

The proposal is controversial in that Salix Homes promised that if tenants voted for Salford Council housing to be transferred to the company, all homes would be brought up to the decent homes standard...and then subsequently stated that it couldn't afford to refurbish Canon Green and Westminster unless this new block was built 'to generate sufficient borrowing capacity to fund the works required'*

In return, Canon Green Court and Westminster House will be clad and insulated, and the balconies of flats in Canon Green will be glazed. In a consultation on the proposals, only forty tenants and leaseholders out of 143 took part, with only 25 tenants and five leaseholders positive about the plans.


* For a full background see previous Salford Star article: Salix Residents Feel Duped – click here

For more background into the dreadful conditions tenants have been living in - click here

DR DREW wrote
at 19:28:59 on 04 June 2018
YOU CAN PU GLITTER ON A SHIT BUT I WILL STILL BE A SHIT
 
wrote
at 16:09:39 on 03 June 2018
Re; former resident. The law protects bats, someone neds to get them reported. It is a criminal offence if you: Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time) Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost
 
Former resident wrote
at 21:32:06 on 02 June 2018
These trees on that land are gorgious. There is also a large bat colony there.Go and look for yourself. Anyone else would have had no chance of pulling the trees down. where do the birds and the bats live for the next 30 years while the new trees mature. There was no hope of any resistance to the Salix proposal. I know a lot of nice people on that block who have had their minds battered by the bullshit from Salix and the council. I got the impression many residents were frightened about speaking out, in case they were given their notice for being troublemakers, a phrase I heard a lot there. Salix got that block for nothing and with the finance they had available in the form of loans they could have worked wonders. I have been in the flat Bob refers to.It shows what an ordinary guy can do.It is first class to say the least, he has employed first class tradesmen.That block, with a little bit of wisdom, could have all been like that flat.It won't be though.Best wishes to my former friends and neighbours.
 
"F.DONE Esq" wrote
at 15:42:13 on 02 June 2018
Another Bulldozer of a Land- Grab for Social Housing Tenants living in "Desirable Areas" close to MCR City Centre! This New Block to be Built within Canon Green Courts Communal Grounds, will not be Built to cater for average People in this City in need of Housing, only for the well healed Professional looking to Buy. If you have the Money, your alright.... As for the existing Tenants, sling em a Carrot of a snide kitchen & they won't put up a Fight. Public Hands to Private pockets, welcome to this Councils Brave New World.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 15:41:30 on 02 June 2018
In answer to Jerry's comment. With the proposed exterior cladding, the thermal mass inside the flat, i.e.the concrete floors and ceilings and brick walls will act as a dampener for any temperature changes,it will absorb the heat slowly. Even during a long hot summer,this would not be a problem on that block, especially with the cross flow ventilation these flats have where air can flow freely through the flat. In short,don't worry it won't overheat.
 
Jerry wrote
at 09:16:44 on 02 June 2018
The thing they don't tell you about this cladding is whilst it makes the flats warm in winter, it also makes them unbearably hot in the summer, it's like living in a warm oven.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 19:58:02 on 01 June 2018
Been there many times, mate of mine used to live there. These flats do have a few problems but nothing much to put right. Apparently one of the leaseholders has just done an absolute fantastic refurb on his flat at a bang on cost. I have not seen it, but my pal who not long ago moved off there couldn't stop talking about it. That block has been used as a backdrop to loads of tv dramas. The artistic people like its looks,but the rush for exterior cladding, has no doubt been done at the instigation of Salford council. If you look at the Salford Stars masthead, (the picture of the demolition explosions) ,you will see many similar buildings all built at the same time as this one, by the same builders and architects, all being blown up because they were unsound. Here we have a stablemate as it were,28 years after, perfectly sound, with flats changing hands at £120 grand each, before the block outside has been done up. no wonder we have a shortage of housing. Thats why they need to cover the outside up, not to keep the residents warm.
 
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