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SALFORD COUNCIL £2MILLION PLANNING SCANDAL
 

Star date: 4th November 2013

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GREENGATE POSH APARTMENT BLOCKS LET OFF WITH £1.9M COSTS – IN EXCHANGE FOR A REPLICA MONUMENT

Pinnacle Developments (NW) should be paying over £1.9million in costs to Salford City Council for two new horrendous high storey apartment blocks in Greengate, but is set to be let off with the bill through `viability issues'. Instead, the developers will be putting up a replica monument…

The posh blocks, up to 31 storeys high and consisting of 497 apartments, have been slated by objectors, including Broughton MP Graham Stringer, as being `just a big gated community' but Council planners are recommending that the scheme, and the shiny monument fop, is approved this week.

Full details here…


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More proof that cash-strapped Salford City Council is losing £millions for the city comes this week as planning officers recommend that Pinnacle Developments (NW) Ltd, fronted by Daren Whitaker, should be let off with a bill for £1,908,707 as part of its financial obligations to build two horrendous apartment blocks in Greengate on New Bridge Street.

The 497 posh apartments are set to be housed in two blocks, 31 and 19 storeys high, and comprise of hundreds of one, two and three bedroom flats plus two penthouses, nine `rooftop duplexes', eight `garden flats' and seven townhouses.

Normally such a development would be subject to all sorts of payments to Salford City Council and in this case a Council planning report puts the total figure at £1,908,707, including costs towards open space, infrastructure, public realm and heritage. It would also be subjected to providing 20% affordable housing.

Incredibly though, planning officers have reported that "No affordable housing is proposed in this instance due to viability issues", while "In this instance it is agreed that the reasonable developer return, considered necessary by paragraph 173 of the NPPF, is not currently delivered by this development."

Instead, the generous applicant "has agreed to fund the provision of a replica of the former market cross that stood in the area", while the Council will try to `claw back' some cash if sales reach a `set level'.

Objectors to the plans, including Broughton MP Graham Stringer, have slated the apartment project for putting up blocks that are too high (they should be no more than twelve storeys, they argue, as suggested in the Exchange Greengate Masterplan Review); that `turns its back on the River Irwell' and privatises the river walkway, and for being `just a big gated community that does not engage with the area around it'.

At a conservative estimate, the 497 apartments would bring in well over £6million for the developers – but Salford Council is set to lose out, although residents will gain that lovely replica market cross, although even that will probably be within the confines of the new gated gardens.

* Salford Star has constantly been reporting the tearing up of developer payment and affordable housing obligations (see previous article - click here), and has asked to speak to planning officers or planning councillors so that they can explain their actions.

Our last such request was not even met with an acknowledgement or reply from the Council press office.

Update: 7th November 2013

Salford Council planning panel today approved planning permission for this building but councillors from both parties slated the fact that the developers will pay nothing to the Council. 

Councillor Stephen Ord said “the policy is a joke…it’s immoral that a development of this size gives nothing back.”

Councillor Karen Garrido stressed the need for affordable housing in flats near the `regional centre’ and added that “we should start looking at suggestions for affordable housing”. She was also unhappy that there was no return from the development to the Council.

Councillor Derek Antrobus explained that it was to do with Government guidelines “we are required to put viability before planning applications…I think it’s absurd”.

 

Michael Felse wrote
at 22:26:04 on 09 November 2013
@LetThemEatC - excellent read, well presented comment.
 
Jack wrote
at 13:37:34 on 06 November 2013
Then its time to fight the greedy bastards. I am sick of my hard earned money being pissed away and funding the lavish lifestyles of the self-serving , while they persecute the poor, ill , and needy. Council tax is a Ponzi Scheme .
 
wrote
at 10:54:36 on 06 November 2013
Quite righr . There is no contract to pay council tax . You have a right to choose whether or not you pay , under common law . Obviously the wasters up at the Clown Hall do not want you to know this . A mass refusal to fund this disgraceful , inept , ignorant clowncil is the only way forward .
 
Let them eat cake.... wrote
at 10:53:48 on 06 November 2013
Tom Jeffs It would be nice to have a discussion without insulting people. There is a world of difference between legal and lawful – Common Law and Statute Law. Common Law is the Law of the land in the UK. Statutes have been bolted on to Common Law in order to extract money from the Public. If you find the clip Tom, you will see that the Judge had ZERO jurisdiction in his own sham Court and was over ruled by the layman and the case was dismissed. Even when the Police entered the Court, the Sergeant ordered his officers to stand down, as the Layman requested he acted upon his Oath, which was purely to keep the peace nothing more. All the officers stood by and watched the proceedings, whilst the Judge floundered pretending to look for his ‘Oath of office’ These clips have been posted hundreds of times on YouTube and they are removed within a day or so. Anyone guess the reason for this? M Felse Urging people to pay the C Tax lest they withhold payment and it then hits services. It may have escaped your notice these past few years, but all services are being hit, closed, cut back regardless and people haven’t started the protest yet. As for having the Mayor and challenging his moves, what good does that ever do. He is a law unto himself as is evidenced by his vanity projects up and down our fair City. Oh, and the wanton destruction of the cranes was challenged by many people and they too were ignored. The time has come to peaceably strike back and withhold payment until they actually do take notice. After all, the only voice they all listen to is the great God of Mammon
 
bob wrote
at 05:49:36 on 06 November 2013
Abigail Hulton is correct and if u get a summons for non payment of council tax, the court summons has been printed by the council, not the courts. It has never been in front of a court clerk to consider and there is not wet signature on it. The summons has no court number on it as the court has no record of you case until the day of the court case. Your legal right are being trashed. Thats why the court summons says contact the council about it not the courts. Its printed on council stationary. This is all a breach of people human rights
 
bob wrote
at 05:49:05 on 06 November 2013
Let them eat cake is also correct and its been going on for years. All illegal and against people rights. U try a counter claim or appeal and they will say no because its all fake The CSA has the same arrangement with the courts.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 05:48:42 on 06 November 2013
I urge all to pay their Council Tax. A mass protest would hit services. I would rather have a Mayor and be able to challenge his moves than see people in need be denied our shared commitment to help them. I believe Salford Council could take 3 measures to put back into the kitty £150million that would mean all services that were cut could be reinstated. If only our Council had the vision to be bold at heart! The best solution would be to encourage people such as Daren's most artistic monument and get to grips with quality strategy that would put us back on the up.
 
Tom Jeffs wrote
at 18:07:27 on 05 November 2013
Abigail Hulton appears to be one of those "freeman of the land" nutters who believes the law doesn't apply to them. Well, it doesn't, until they're dragged into court and find that it very much does.
 
Let them eat cake... wrote
at 18:07:07 on 05 November 2013
Abigail, is correct. There isn’t a law which states you have to pay Council Tax. When the Council (Trading as a company for profit) set up their ‘Court’ to process non Council Tax offenders en masse, they are acting unlawfully. The Council will hire a room in the courts, hire their own security and a Judge will officiate over the proceedings. What we don’t realise is that the Judge is committing an act of Treason against the Crown by doing so and that all guilty verdicts and fines are unlawful. The Judge must act on oath and when asked to produce it he must do so. He can’t/won’t provide his oath as he isn’t in a real Court, he is merely in a room the Council have hired for the day for bulk processing of non-payers. If he did provide his oath then he could quite lawfully be arrested for Treason, disbarred or both. In short, Council Tax payment is not a legal requirement, Council Tax liability is determined by the Local Government Finance Act 1992 s6(2). This is an act of Parliament and can only be enforced by consent, which means not giving your permission in a commercial court (One of the Councils hired rooms for bulk non-payment processing) I’m not sure if Steve will allow my posting of links to prove the above statements are not fantasy on here, so I will suggest you search YouTube for ‘Is Council Tax Legal’ there are two parts to the clip. Its filmed covertly in a Council commercial court and proves beyond doubt that the Judge has zero jurisdiction when presiding over Council Tax non payers. My reason for my ramblings above? Now you know that C Tax is non-enforceable how about a peaceful non-violent mass non-payment of C Tax until Stewart and the other clowns sit up and listen to the people of Salford.
 
Abigail Hulton wrote
at 07:10:04 on 05 November 2013
Just curious, has it actually crossed your minds that Salford Council is a PLC. I think you will find that it is actually a Company running for profit, therefore, your Council Tax is being paid to a private entity. Yes people, your Council is a private business. A for profit business, although in this Councils case not. They have all the privileges that private companies enjoy, all the little organagrams into little outlet Companies that you do not know about. So when they send you a Council Tax 'Bill' there is no Contract. Indeed I could send you a 'Bill'. Use it, don't use it.
 
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