New proposals for a residential-led riverside scheme between the New Bailey and Middlewood Locks areas of Salford, which include 843 homes and a 33-storey tower, look set to be given the green light.
English Cities Fund’s outline planning application for the comprehensive phased regeneration of an area bounded by New Bailey to the north east, Middlewood Locks to the west, and the River Irwell and St John’s scheme to the south east is due to be considered by Salford City Council’s planning committee on Thursday, 6 October 2016.
It is envisaging a residential-led, mixed-use development designed by AHR Architects comprising a maximum of 843 homes alongside ground-floor commercial units with potential for offices, retail, food and drink, entertainment and leisure uses. Five new residential buildings ranging from 11 to 33 storeys high and a multi-storey car park of up to ten levels with capacity for 637 vehicles are proposed.
The application is seeking to change the plans for zones A and C within the wider Salford Central Masterplan regeneration scheme, which originally secured planning consent in 2010. Ahead of the committee meeting, a report prepared by planning officers has recommended that the application should be approved.
It said: “The previous permission approved residential use on zone C and office use on zone A. The applicant has stated that the principal reason for the change in mix is current market conditions, which are markedly different from when the outline permission was granted.
“Demand for residential buildings has significantly outstripped other land uses due to the national shortage of housing. In particular the demand for city centre and edge of centre apartment schemes has grown significantly whilst more city centre residents are choosing to rent than in the past, thus driving the demand and viability for private rented sector schemes.
“Therefore this change in use is seen as an effective way of ensuring viability and deliverability across the masterplan regeneration.
“At the same time as these changes in the housing market, the office market has also altered. Zone B to the north is seen as a direct extension of Spinningfields. The St John’s scheme though, to the south of Spinningfields, is a residential- and leisure-led scheme.
“At the same time, large-scale office development has come forward around St Peter’s Square towards the more traditional core of the regional centre. Zone A is not considered to be a natural extension of the commercial heart of the regional centre.”
English Cities Fund is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and the Homes and Communities Agency.