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SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLAN REVEALED BUT CONSULTATIONS ARE DURING HOLIDAYS
 

Star date: 6th August 2018

CRESCENT PUB AMONGST 'RETAINED ASSETS'

The masterplan for the redevelopment of land along the Crescent has been launched by Salford City Council, which includes retaining the Crescent pub as an 'asset' and bulldozing old industrial units and Salford University buildings to make way for hotels, housing and a new 'health village' and 'urban district'.

Unfortunately the two public face-to-face consultations are on Wednesday 8th August and Saturday 11th August Ė while people are still away on holiday, although the consultation itself runs until 3rd September. Meanwhile, Salford Council still hasn't divulged which private companies paid for the City Mayor and staff to launch the masterplan at MIPIM this year.

Full details here...


Salford Crescent Masterplan Salford Crescent Masterplan
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The intro to the freshly launched masterplan for the Crescent begins dramatically that "Salford is at a pivotal moment in its history, a point where decisions it makes today will have far reaching implications for the shape and quality of the city of the future as a place to live, work and play..."

Some might argue that the 'pivotal moment' was over ten years ago, when Salford decided to bulldoze hundreds of affordable properties and replace them with unaffordable properties...but that's another story...

This latest phase in the transformation of central Salford to 'hipster central' is a plan for the private sector, together with the Council and the University of Salford, to develop five Zones around the Crescent, with a Lego-set mock up of how things could be, and a gnawing 'Soul Not For Sale' video, narrated by some bloke with an American accent.

The Adelphi Development Zone is visualised as new family townhouses and apartments fronting Adelphi Street, with Adelphi House converted to flats and the Adelphi site bulldozed to make way for a new primary school. The 'iconic' publicly funded £2million pedestrian bridge linking the Meadows to the Crescent is also in there, together with a 'tree-lined experience' along Adelphi Street.

The Crescent Development Zone is envisaged as a new 'residential district' to "support the emerging community"... "The area provides an opportunity to create new streets, squares and avenues" the masterplan report states, although the Crescent pub and terraces of Georgian houses are down as "significant retained assets"...

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Crescent, the masterplan goes on about a new 'Civic and Cultural Gateway' keeping the listed buildings, like the Old Fire Station, Peel Hall and the Working Class Movement Library, while putting up hotels, a multi-storey car park, cafes and restaurants, and a 'signature residential tower'. It also proposes more 'traffic calming' and a 'new linear park running the length of the Crescent' which would provide "a convenient and tranquil route from Salford Crescent Station through to Middlewood improving pedestrian and cycle links". The fate of the old Police Station is not referenced within the masterplan.

The Peel Park Development Zone " aims to create a university campus for the future", which would see the demolition of the Newton Building and "further university expansion", with more student accommodation.

The Health Village Development Zone proposes new health, science and teaching facilities, allowing, it states, "greater community use", while an Innovation District will provide "incubation and enterprise space" for businesses, and will see the demolition of current units off Frederick Road.

"Our ambition is to place culture and the creative economy at the centre of place-making in Salford" the masterplan states "...The cultural economy is recognised by investors, developers and communities as a critical part of a city's identity, character and well-being and civic leaders and the University understand that a city's unique cultural life is in fact its Unique Selling Point..." etc etcÖ

It's a shame that the city's indigenous cultural community has almost been driven out by cuts and a sniffy attitude by 'civic leaders' who didn't recognise its value (see here). Indeed, the masterplan as a whole states very little about the community already living here and doesn't mention the concept of 'affordable housing' anywhere.

The Council is having only two public consultations on the masterplan, conveniently while people are still away on holiday. There's one this Wednesday 8th August, between noon and 8pm at the New Adelphi Building on University Road, and one on Saturday 11th August between 10am and 1pm at The Old Fire Station on the Crescent.

Meanwhile, Salford Council still hasn't responded to a Salford Star request for an internal inquiry, after it refused to disclose under the Freedom of Information Act which private company, or companies, paid for Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and staff to travel to the South of France and launch the plan at MIPIM earlier this year.

To see the whole masterplan Ė click here and for more details see the website www.salfordcrescent.com/

The online consultation runs until 3rd September Ė click here

See also previous Salford Star article on the Crescent masterplan - click here

Ecologos wrote
at 18:19:00 on 07 August 2018
Professor Olson is a well informed and very clever person. She knows what she is talking about and we need people like her on the council, and indeed in parliament. The air pollution along the A6 is a disgrace for one example. I could go on forever. trying to change anything in Salford is a waste of time. The burghers of Salford are that thick they will even look a gift horse in the mouth. I bet she doesn't know for instance that the Architect of Bed Zed once did a scheme for the police station site on the Crescent. About 80 houses half for social housing. It was about 6 years ago, a mate of mine was involved with it and Salford council turned it down. I saw the plans for it they were on a dvd computer disc. If she checks it out she will find its true. There is also a problem with the people who eat the burgers. They are the ones who elect the burghers that make a balls of things. They always vote for the burghers party. When I was a lad they even elected a burger Sidney Ham Burger to be the mayor.

Wendy olsen wrote
at 11:32:18 on 07 August 2018
As ever, I am grateful to salford Star for great reporting. If the Council consulted local people before it did the plans, affordable housing would have come first and a car park last. We have too many car parks and pkenty of Public Transport. We have too few houses. We get a shaded dark Crescent, for what? Loss of trees amd loss of the wildlife on Meadows... for what? We getbthe high winds that tower blocks create... for what? Now Salford Uni, clearly they benefit. Lots of 1970s buildings to be reolaced. But how do voters benefit? Just tell me that. Plllease! Wendy Olsen

Development correspondent wrote
at 11:31:50 on 07 August 2018
Well further to previous comment.If you look at the plan they have for police station site, page 10 or 11, you will see it is totally different to the site as shown on google earth. It is a much bigger building. Cats out the bag, cop shops coming down, perhaps thats why they got rid of the developers who were originaly involved. According to the Star ,the developers were taking legal action against the council. Thats all gone a bit silent.Have the council settled? They are daft enough.

Development correspondent wrote
at 11:30:41 on 07 August 2018
Page 9. master plan ,It did show a birds eye view from above Fire Station square,(this is behind what we call Fire Station Square. Its where the firemen used to live) showing the square where the cenotaph is. It shows another type of building where the police station was. The cop shop has gone. Have they slipped up with this one? You cannot check this out as the page 9 will not load, the others will. They have pulled this one page.They will probably amend this in the morning. Is this the work of a whistleblower in the council? They should know how quick the Stars readers are off the mark.

Cody wrote
at 11:30:02 on 07 August 2018
"... keeping the listed buildings, like the Old Fire Station, Peel Hall and the Working Class Movement Library..." I could be wrong but when I saw the plans earlier this year there was two sky-scrapers on top of the Working Class Movement Library? If they think they can put a sky-scraper on the green bit of land next to and behind the Working Class Movement Library, then they're mental. I'm assuming the plans are just an example then? If so that's a bit of a misleading pitch! "The Council is having only two public consultations on the masterplan, conveniently while people are still away on holiday." Sorry Star, but that's a bit of a stretch, there's not a sizeable chunk of Salfordians away on holiday to miss this. Even if everyone was here and it was advertised the fook out of, the people of Salford would still not turn out in large numbers. Mostly because of apathy. That's the reason why the Council is flogging the Crescent off to the highest bidders in the first place.

Bob the regular wrote
at 16:29:25 on 06 August 2018
I can confidently predict, for those concerned about the future of the Crescent pub, that they have no need to worry about the future of this establishment. Great expense will be spent on this establishment , it will be turned into a theme park boozer for intelectual left wing sorts who will no doubt,in the minds of our municipal rulers, be soon turning up in great numbers to marvel at the wonders of Salford Socialism. It will be a socialist history themed pub, showing the great strides made in the advance of the hoi poloi . Of course , bouncers will have to be put on the door to keep out un-desirable people such as Tories, fascists, nazis, ukippers, liberal democrats and of course last but not least the Salford prolitairiat, like Rossi and his mates. You know it just shows how stupid these people are. There is no shortage of marxists.Just think the boozer where Engels used to drink, and its closed.You would think it would be full of Marx and Engels admirers soaking up the atmosphere. Adolph Hitler was not tea-total,If you could find a boozer still standing where he used to drink it would be packed to the doors with his admirers. Like many readers here, I am dying to know who paid for Dennetts trip. I am convinced the editor knows who. Lets just wait and see, our editor knows the ropes regarding appeal. I can see a judicial review coming. I think whats needed is someone else to ask the same question, a person on free issue for JR proceedings.

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