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`VIABILITY’ QUESTIONED AS SALFORD MIDDLEWOOD LOCKS PLANNING PASSED
 

Star date: 16th December 2016

"WHAT DOES UNVIABLE MEAN?' ASKS PLANNING COUNCILLOR

The second phase of the giant Middlewood Locks development gained planning permission yesterday, with no planning fees payable to Salford Council because the second phase of 546 unaffordable apartments was `not viable'.

Panel member Councillor Charlie McIntyre asked officers to explain what `unviable' meant. Errrrmmmm...

Full details here...


At yesterday's meeting of Salford City Council planning panel, the application for second phase of the 24.5 acre Middlewood Locks development on the border with Manchester was up for appraisal.

The first phase of 571 unaffordable homes, plus commercial space, was granted last December with no planning, or Section 1016, fees payable because, the Council stated, it "included significant landscaping works and so was clearly unviable".

The second phase of 546 unaffordable apartments in four blocks of up to 10 storeys was also deemed `unviable' and planning officers stated that "no contribution is justified".

At the meeting, Broughton councillor Charlie McIntyre actually questioned the concept of `viability'. While the first phase was `unviable' because landscaping would be carried out, he asked them to explain why the second phase was `unviable'... "What does unviable mean?" he asked.

Amidst sideways glances, officers explained that "The second phase is affected by the first phase landscaping so it's not so viable...but the next phase will secure Section 106 contributions".

..."And how are we going to protect ourselves getting to the third phase and being told that it's `unviable' again?" the councillor asked.

"It would be unusual if the third phase came forward and our officers were saying again that there were no contributions to be made..." the officer replied. Councillor McIntyre just shook his head. 

Meanwhile, the representative of Fairbriar Developments (Salford) Ltd which put forward the planning application, said that the long term implications for health care, education and other facilities for the residents of the 2,215 homes that are to be constructed on the site would be sorted in later stages... "We'll need to go back and think what we need to provide" he stated.

Approval for the application was duly granted.

Following the approval, Paul Kelly, of real estate investors Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL), said: "We are delighted to have secured planning permission for the second phase of Middlewood Locks. This is the result of a huge amount of hard work on the part of Salford City Council and our development team to create the best possible scheme..."

For whom?, Salford residents might ask...


* Fairbriar Developments (Salford) Ltd is a joint development company for Middlewoood Locks led by Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL) which owns fifty per cent and Chinese developer Hualing Group, and Singaporean investors, Metro Holding, which own the other fifty per cent.

For more details see previous Salford Star article – click here

Mr b. r. exit wrote
at 11:09:54 on 26 December 2016
Is this the same PFI that the socialist Labour Party brought in. I totally agree it should be stoped, it was only brought in to line the pockets of labour MPs like Prescott, Blair, blear, brown and their cronie friends. Time also for salford to have only one councillor per ward, too bring back democracy to salford, it would take two local election to vote out labour, that's if all salford people voted against labour, this is why the Labour Party won't move away from three councillors per ward, this keeps them in power. One ward, one councillor = democracy.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 20:36:10 on 18 December 2016
What ever happèned to George Osborne's promise to aboļish P.F.I? It never happened ; when it comes to Public Finançe, the Tories are paid whores of Moñopoly Finance Capitalism!
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 13:42:30 on 16 December 2016
The total 2,251 homes will bring in an average £1,000 a year council tax each. Over £2millon a year. This will go towards paying some of the debts Salford Council will have to pay on the PFi finance needs of schools, roads, footpaths. Lighting, health and amenities provision leaving every resident in Salford out of pocket paying for the added congesting 2,000 cars owned by the new private residents. Salford Labour has no idea on how much harm they are doing to Salford. The future plan to pay the new Metro Mayor up to £250,000 a year to destroy us green spaces with 18,000 more homes shows what a stupid thing so called democracy has become. Salford will have nothing left for social care after paying PFi interest to developers. Sad days ahead.
 
brianfkirkham@sky.com wrote
at 13:41:50 on 16 December 2016
Now This is Ironic. Given what used to be there (look it up) Its a-typical Salford Planning, but its Ironic Nevertheless. Quote : long term implications for health care, education and other facilities for the residents of the 2,215 homes that are to be constructed on the site would be sorted in later stages... "We'll need to go back and think what we need to provide" he stated. - In essence , long term planning (council) goes out of the window for a short term profit (developer)
 
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