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PLANS FOR 500 HOUSES AT CASTLE IRWELL SALFORD SITE BUT NONE MAY BE AFFORDABLE
 

Star date: 28th September 2018

500 HOUSES, A SCHOOL AND RETAIL STORES FOR CHARLESTOWN

The University of Salford planning application for 500 houses, space for a school and retail outlets will be considered by Salford City Council Planning Panel next week.

The application is an 'outline' and there's no concrete details but the planning report states that "In this low value area...no affordable housing is required". There are also traffic, air quality and environmental issues.

Full details here...


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Next week, the planning panel of Salford City Council will consider a planning application from the University of Salford for a massive housing development on the former student accommodation site at Castle Irwell in Charlestown.

The Uni is looking for 'outline' planning permission, which means none of the plans are concrete, but, in principal, it's for five hundred houses, 25,000 square feet of retail space and provision of land for either a secondary or primary school.

During the 'community consultation' (see here), the main issues brought up were 'Details of the school', 'Affordability of houses', 'Level of affordable housing' and 'Potential environmental impact and impact on public services'...

In its planning statement the University stresses that "The site falls within a 'low value area' where no contributions for affordable housing will be sought" – that is thanks to Salford Council's shocking planning policy.

The report, to be seen by councillors next week, adds that "the provision of affordable housing here is considered unviable", although it would like to see a "balanced mix of dwellings". 

When this application was brought up at last night's East Salford Community Committee, many people were extremely concerned, firstly that they hadn't had proper notice of it, and, secondly, about the impact on nearby roads that the development would have.

Even the Council's Consultant Highways Engineer "originally raised concerns regarding the proposed access points leading into the site"...

There will be three access points off Cromwell Road – one near the turnstiles, one opposite the Seaford Road intersection and one opposite the Beeley Street intersection. Plus two new access points off Littleton Road between Romney and Milnthorpe Streets and adjacent to the River Irwell.

The Council officer also asked for "other improvements to public transport infrastructure and pedestrian/cycle routes"...but, according to the Council, "these concerns have now been resolved"...

The developers will be paying £145,000 to fund 'improved traffic signal control systems at Lower Broughton Road/Frederick Street, Broughton Road/Seaford Road and Broughton Road/Cromwell Road//Lissadel Street'; plus £30,000 to 'upgrade existing bus stops adjacent to the site'; and £50,000 to fund 'a new signal controlled pedestrian crossing adjacent to the Cromwell Road'...

They will also pay £464,000 for 'the provision of and/or improvements to local sports facilities at Bolton Road, Rabbit Hills and Salford Sports Village' to mitigate the loss of a playing pitch and cricket oval on the site and a new replacement pitch at David Lewis Playing Field (which is now actually owned by the University since a land swap with the Council a few years ago).

The report does not state how many trees will be lost through development and none are officially protected. It adds that "This development represents an opportunity to further protect and enhance the value of the River Irwell wildlife corridor and positively integrate with adjoining wildlife areas whilst also creating a high-quality and multifunctional green infrastructure asset for both people and wildlife"...although residents might think otherwise.

The Council also looked at the impact of five hundred houses on air quality, flood risk and drainage, transport and ecology but found the University's Environmental Statement "acceptable". The locally listed old racecourse turnstiles will be saved and "used for commercial purposes"...


Councillors on the Council's Planning Panel will consider the outline application next week...

Bob the regular wrote
at 14:54:22 on 04 October 2018
The University type village would make sense. I just went over to Chorlton last week and its full of these university types, they are driving up house prices to London levels, there are just too many people trying to get in there, and you cannot park a car anywhere. Withington and Didsbury the prices are even higher. If Salford University are building a university village it is indeed a smart move. Salford University are I think in the top 5 when it comes to building technology, so if they are doing this, they better not make a balls of it.
 
Felse Michael J. wrote
at 21:44:51 on 02 October 2018
I agree with the reported Tory idea of young people gettting the £10,000 citizens inheritance allowing the deposit for them to buy these 500 homes. A new young people’s venture village yes, and for Salford Council to match the deposit by part sale of its shares in Manchester Airport worth £300million. Injecting hope into post Brexit Salford takes vision. Labour cannot give a flicker of hope.
 
pete wrote
at 17:09:23 on 02 October 2018
I read the article and thought nothing of it. Just the university flogging of surplus land it does not need anymore, getting planning and selling for as much as they can get and spending the windfall on important university projects. but I always go back and read the articles again to look at the comments. I think the university could be up to something here. The school is the giveaway. I know these people value education more than anyone, but what business have they in building schools for the council? Could it be they are building their own little University Community Village, to house all the nice people who work at the university, with its own nice school for nice children of university community people. I remember years ago, at the start of the uni campus in Liverpool, they had what they called the university community comprehensive school. I guess that this was for kids of the uni teachers to go to, so that their kids did not have to go to school with scally scousers. Are our uni trying to do the same?Perhaps the Star can look into this.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 13:11:47 on 30 September 2018
And I bet all these mythical contributions £700k in total is what the uni will charge the council for the school site. I presume it will be a council school,as I cannot envisage Manchester Grammar or Bridgewater school setting up an anexe campus there. You can't fool me Salford council.
 
Alice wrote
at 17:51:02 on 29 September 2018
Thanks again to the Star for giving us all the information about this new development. No high rise, unaffordable, unimaginative and unhealthy blocks thank goodness. The trees must be kept; they are essential for reducing the impact of the pollution which will result from heavier traffic. How sad and significant that it is an educational establishment following the money ....the market creeps into everything nowadays. The planning meeting needs some local residents attending. Their voices should be heard NOW.. it's too late when the development starts to grow.
 
caroline gray wrote
at 19:23:57 on 28 September 2018
here we go again ..destroying gods earth for money.Bindloss our home..husband a kind man to tried to stop the crompton group church of England charging silly money.lease holder land .i am a manchester lass i no about the cotton mills an the evil that went on because my family were apart of it ..auntie Kate got a cotton ball down her throat ..they were so poor ..u no nothing about kind estate owners..as they to were destroyed ..with very few alive ..husband 76 ..2 heart attacks due to stress .we lost our home then con men came as he was ill.. pills weren't correct..they did there best ..had to sll lots of court orders to ill to cope .. old people will remember .. u young ones were not there ..but us old ones need your help.. do not let them do this they are full of greed ..how about trees birds etc
 
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