New build areas of Salford are becoming officially squashed, according to figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government recently. Between 2007-10, Salford had a density figure of 120, compared to the English average of 43, and the North West average of 41.
The density figure is arrived at by dividing the area of land being used, by the number of new dwellings, and the figure of 120 for Salford is the highest in England, outside of places like inner city London. By comparison, Manchester has a figure of 99, Bury 53 and Trafford 40.
Between 1995-98 Salford's density figure for new builds was 32; between 1999-2002 it was 31; and between 2003-6 it was 86. This more than suggests that Salford's new houses and flats are getting smaller and smaller.
Between 2007-10 over 1500 new properties were built in the city, including those built in `New Broughton' where the Salford Star showed a couple having to put a freezer in their bedroom as the kitchen was too small.
"All they did was exchange our homes for substandard poor quality boxes" said Val Broadbent, of New Broughton Residents Association, in the Star's call for a Public Inquiry into the city's regeneration.
For further details on the Public Inquiry call (with lots of links) click here…