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HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 1 Intro
 

Issue 4 Spring 2007

HIGHER BROUGHTON...

Another `award winning' development...Another can of worms

Here, we look at the human cost through the eyes of the residents… then we take a peek at the shocking Audit Commission Report, and finally, John Earnshaw, a housing professional of 40 years standing, gives his views on the scheme…

 


In Higher Broughton, the 30 acre Broughton Green development between Bury New Road and Leicester Road has won accolades and awards for its fab design.  When the seven year project is completed there'll be around 700 homes plus a new community hub and sports facilities.  It's being hailed by Salford Council as "exciting" and "setting the standard for the future of residential development"…

…Up until September 2006 Broughton Green had over £13million of central government money alone, plus "significant funding" from Salford City Council poured into it.  Yet the development's wholesale demolitions and affordable housing strategy has just been slammed by the independent Audit Commission…Over the past few years Broughton Green has seen existing residents dragged out of their house by bailiffs and police…and the bulldozing of perfectly good, cheap terraced houses…to be replaced by luxury homes in the main development ranging from £235,000 to £480,000…

Higher Broughton – the background…

At the back of Broughton Green, out of sight of Bury New Road and the `award winning' new luxury houses, there used to be two estates of terraced housing – the `Top Streets' and the `Bottom Streets' – which stood in the way of the new development.  Most of the Bottom Streets were demolished in late 2005, after Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) were slapped on the houses.  Now the Council wants to demolish most of the houses in the Top Streets, and a decision on their future is pending after a Public Inquiry…

Meanwhile, 19 new `affordable' homes have been built on Vincent Street,  ranging from £115,000 to £138,000…Houses in the main development range from £235,000 to £480,000…

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