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SALFORD MOCHA PARADE TO BE BULLDOZED
 

Star date: 13th December 2012

MOCHA BULLDOZED AND NO SOCIAL HOUSING IN LATEST LOWER BROUGHTON PHASE

Countryside Properties' latest plans for Lower Broughton will see Mocha Parade and the Wrestling Academy bulldozed, and no social housing built.

In this latest phase of its partnership with Salford City Council, Countryside states in its planning application "It was a key aspiration of the Development Agreement to significantly reduce the proportion of affordable housing and this scheme will help achieve that aspiration".

Full details here…


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The bulldozers are hard at work in the tinned up, deserted streets around Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton. Every day more houses, which are only 35 years old, are being stripped out and bulldozed to make way for the New Broughton.

The houses that are currently coming down are affordable, mostly social rent houses. They are being replaced in this latest Phase 6 with 189 `private' three and four bedroom houses, with no affordable housing at all.

The planning application statement for the houses states in no uncertain terms the aims of the whole regeneration project put together by Countryside Properties and Salford City Council…

"It was a key aspiration of the Development Agreement to significantly reduce the proportion of affordable housing and this scheme will help achieve that aspiration."

In the middle of a recession, and in a city where 30% of kids live in poverty, people might well think that Salford needs more, not less, affordable housing. But, having knocked down street upon street of large social rent houses, when this latest phase is complete there will be more private houses in `New Broughton' than affordable ones.

"It's such a shame seeing the tractors in Lower Broughton and all the tinned up houses which are about to be demolished" says local resident Maria Brabiner "These are decent council houses that are only 35 years old and which had had all the home improvements done to them – double glazing throughout, new front and back doors, loft insulation, porches and driveways.

"There is a national council housing shortage, never mind one in Salford where people are crying out for decent homes" she adds "It doesn't make sense, it beggars belief."

Meanwhile, as predicted by the Salford Star back in May (see previous feature click here), the entire Mocha Parade shopping centre is to be bulldozed, along with the adjacent Wrestling Academy which was used by the National Olympic Wrestling Academy in the run up to this year's London Olympics.

It is proposed that Mocha is replaced with "a new retail centre that is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of the existing and proposed community providing a shopping offer that is of much improved quality both in terms of retailers and the physical environment. This seeks to reflect the wider regeneration aspirations…"

The outline planning application for the new retail centre seeks to build only seven shops to replace the current 12 units that are operating on the Parade, even though the `net floorspace' will be bigger. The `retail statement' submitted by Countryside proposes two large retail units, one of which will be a `foodstore anchor', and five smaller and medium sized units.

Countryside states in its application that "Whilst it is not envisaged that the same number of smaller retail units will be re-provided, units will be provided for smaller local retailers where the demand exists.

"Alternatively" the developer adds "it remains possible that they could relocate elsewhere within the wider regeneration (including into units in The Vibe)... This is on the basis that those businesses are viable and able to meet market rents."

Apparently, traders have already been told that rents will increase in the new development, which will presumably mean increased prices for goods in a neighbourhood where a Salford Council report has concluded "that the average spend per person on retail goods is identified to be approximately 18% below the national average which reflects the deprived nature of the Broughton area."

The Countryside Properties application concludes that one of the key benefits of the new houses and retail centre will be "The creation of a sustainable community…"

Whether what's left of the existing community can survive in the new `sustainable' `gateway' to Salford is a question that can only be answered in the brave `New Broughton' future…

* See previous Salford Star articles on Lower Broughton...

Salford Council Gives City to Developers - click here

Salford Star calls for New Broughton Public Inquiry - click here

No Thanks To New Broughton - click here

• A Note On Flooding…

The proposed development is in Flood Zone 2 and 3 of the River Irwell. Zone 3 has a 1 in 100 (or greater) probability of flooding, while Zone 2 has a 1 in 1000 probability.

For such flood zones the Council has stringent development policies (FRD5) in place but Countryside is proposing "that it would be appropriate in the circumstances to consider a relaxation of policy FRD5" to ensure "that the regeneration aspirations can be achieved" and that the development will be "commercially viable".

Instead it is proposing, as previously, a 1 in 500 year flood level… "but with an additional requirement for all dwellings to include safe refuge that will be dry in the 1 in 1000 year event, in order to protect life should residents be unwilling or unable to evacuate."

Just giving my two cents. wrote
at 4:41:45 PM on Sunday, September 28, 2014
I know this is an old post but actually these homes are very affordardable because of the area it's in. And in answer to someone's statement before, you only need a 5% deposit with the new help to buy scheme from the government. Something needed to change with mocha I flipping hate it. I've lived in salford and i feared for my life just to go there and use the cash machine without being shouted at by some 20 whatever year old scrotes on bikes that need to grow up. No one lives there and no one wants to shop there it's Minging! No one can say it's worthwhile.
 
jacob wrote
at 4:19:50 PM on Saturday, December 22, 2012
mocha parade aint doin 2 bad if u take the fruit n veg peoples cars into consideration, and the fat mans greasy fish n chips at a fiver a go
 
blueliam wrote
at 4:13:44 PM on Monday, December 17, 2012
Fair enough. You seem far more passionate on this subject than I. Am not Tory by the way. Just want a nice area to live in.
 
Nachtschleper wrote
at 12:15:26 AM on Monday, December 17, 2012
Tesco are large scale employers? A few jobs stacking shelves & sitting at check outs are not what the city needs. Well paid, skilled & semi skilled jobs are needed, thousands of them. Yes I blame Thatcher, who do you blame the tooth fairy? She ran down the industrial base of this country, she thought we could survive by flipping burgers & working on supermarket check outs. She was way beyond wrong. The only people I would ever refer to as scum are the Conservatives & those who aid them.
 
blueliam wrote
at 3:15:58 AM on Sunday, December 16, 2012
Nachtschleper, I never said the article said it should stay as it is and I never said the people living there were scum, I said the rioters were scum or would you prefer misdirected youths? I know they gathered there because I was in a taxi outside the tropical fish shop when they charged up into town and had to flee whilst throwing my fare at the driver. You say you want 'large scale employers' your words, yet you scoff at Tesco moving in. Still blaming Thatcher as well, wow-. I also deplore all the cloned retail parks and Tesco express, Sainsbury local etc. But is there any other viable alternatives at the moment? Maybe the co-op would be interested.
 
Confused !!! wrote
at 9:12:42 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2012
Did Mocha get smashed up in the riots? I thought it was the Salford precinct "scum" that trashed our city, that's what the council and police were saying.
 
Nachtschleper wrote
at 5:49:56 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2012
Blueiam, nowhere in the article does it say that Mocha should stay as it is, I gree something needed doing. I know there was nothing wrong with the housing in the area, in fact it was far better than the cheap shoe boxes that replaced it. The reason the Council rushed in to demolishing the area was to clear out the "scum" (your description). The city need jobs, the council should be addressing the cancer that is unemployment, attract investment, reduce business rates, anything that will bring in the large scale employers the city had before Thatcher came along with her insane plan to have us all flipping burgers.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 2:19:57 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2012
See Blueliam's comment below...Don't think anyone, not even the traders, wanted Mocha to stay as it was. The houses were tinned up because the Council had evicted everyone over the last five years so it could demolish the streets. The traders had to find out aqbout the Mocha demolition from a notioce slapped on a lamp post - no one had even told them what was happening.
 
blueliam wrote
at 2:13:46 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2012
I did read the article thanks, as I do all of them. I am sorry to see the wrestling academy knocked down, but that can easily be relocated somewhere else. As for the housing, most of them were empty and boarded up so there must be problem within them somewhere, probably their location! The few traders that were left in the parade will enjoy better premises eventually. How do you know it will turn into a Tesco? Could be a Asda! But my point is, the area was rundown, dated and a total turn off for potential customers not residential. Or would you prefer everything to just remain the same forever. Oh and it was the focal gathering point for the scum that trashed our twin citys last year.
 
The Merry Bastard from the Clowncil wrote
at 12:10:35 PM on Friday, December 14, 2012
And do my beloved Salford Peel Clowncil give a SHIT! NO WE DON'T.
 
Nachtschleper wrote
at 5:45:41 AM on Friday, December 14, 2012
bluiam, read the artcle, the point is that no social housing will replace the perfectly good housing that is being demolished. Traders will be kicked out and Tesco will open yet another store. The social cleansing of Lower Broughton forges ahead.
 
Just a thought.... wrote
at 12:31:31 AM on Friday, December 14, 2012
Given it was a sporting establishment of note, providing youngsters with an opportunity to represent their country on National and International Level - where's the Wrestling Academy been relocated to?
 
blueliam wrote
at 12:30:51 AM on Friday, December 14, 2012
What are you all up in arms about? Have you ever been to the Mocha parade? Its a total hole, its demolition is well overdue.
 
Ivor Nuff wrote
at 1:57:43 PM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Why do we vote for this Clowncil, when all they do is sell out to Countryside Properties and others like UV and PH? I think we would save a lot of money if we bulldozed the Civic Centre and made Salford City Clowncil redundant, and then let Countryside Properties and they’re kind do what ever they want. Because they already do anyway, so why are we wasting money on this joke of an elected body anyway?
 
zuleka wrote
at 12:53:54 PM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
I agree completely with all the other comments. It drives me crazy that Salford/Peel can expect no opposition to their plans. Throughout Salford this is happening time and time again. Here in Irlam/Cadishead we have a fight on our hands with the proposal from Peel to build 1400 new houses and warehousing. Ah but they have ticked the employment box, stating up to 10,000 new jobs could be created. Anybody remember BBC/media citys quote for local new jobs? I hope the good people realise there is an alternative and vote This Labour council out!!!
 
Ordsall Vic wrote
at 10:01:51 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Anyone can predict what will happen - the houses will be too expensive for normal people to buy (not that banks want to lend unless people have large deposits anyway). Private landlords will snap up the properties. People will still need somewhere to live. They will have to rent. They will need Housing Benefit and the council will have to pay it at much bigger levels than they would have to pay if the old housing had stayed (eg £75 a week for council housing, £150 or more a week for private). Where is the sense?
 
Reg Howard wrote
at 10:01:13 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Foodstore anchor in Salford can only mean one thing, TESCO !!! we will soon be known as Tesco city.
 
S. Hare wrote
at 10:01:00 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Have the Clowncil got shares in Palmers ? Have the Clowncil ever heard the term COMPETITIVE TENDERING ????????????????????????????????????????
 
Are they in it together, like us? wrote
at 6:21:36 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Oh who's that doing the demolition ? ahh of course it's Palmers. Maybe i will see if they are a listed company then i can buy some shares and get some of my clowncil tax back.
 
Buzzword lightyear wrote
at 4:08:28 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
I see that all the usual Buzzwords were used by the council and the developers. Why the hell do they always plan for a "proposed community"? That suggests that they do not want the existing one living there. See this quote?-- "a new retail centre that is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of the existing" ---When will these idiots realise that most peoples needs and aspirations are just "f--k off and leave us alone and don't put us through all this shit". AND what,s this "foodstore anchor"?---do they mean a grocers shop? Talking of "anchors" there are plenty of these in the council (been there for far too long and need to be got rid of) and they need to be sent packing ie "weigh anchor"---setting off on a voyage, hopefully for a last time. I can think of an abbreviated version for this term. What will it take for the people of Salford to vote against the Labour council????
 
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