HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD CRESCENT POLICE STATION DEVELOPER TO AVOID ALMOST 1.5MILLION PLANNING FEES
 

Star date: 30th March 2017

PLANS REVEALED FOR CRESCENT POLICE STATION

Plans have finally been revealed for the Crescent Police Station which has been derelict for years. The facade will be retained, there'll be 117 apartments within the complex and 23 townhouses attached. However, Stama Developments (Salford) Ltd, which is transforming the site, will initially avoid 1,467,738 in planning fees and the provision of affordable housing due to the usual 'viability' deal.

Incredibly, the planning application reveals that if Salford City Council does get any 'clawback' payments from the developer in future for affordable housing they will be going towards a new bridge!

Full details here...


Salford Crescent Police Station Development Salford Crescent Police Station Development Salford Crescent Police Station Development
Salford Crescent Police Station Development
click image to enlarge

Salford City Council's planning policies and practices get weirder every week. At next week's meeting of its planning panel, councillors will be considering a planning application from Stama Developments (Salford) Ltd to transform the derelict Crescent Police Station into 117 apartments and 23 townhouses, while keeping the building's facade.

Within the application, Council planning officers set out the necessary planning payments and fees, which total 1,467,738, made up of the following...

Open space - 530,310
Education - 100,178
Public Realm 210,000
Affordable Housing 627,250

However, the officer's report adds, as usual, that "The applicant has submitted a viability appraisal that has been assessed by external consultants given the Council's ownership of the site. Their advice is that the development cannot sustain a financial contribution at this stage.

"Profit levels are such that the scheme is likely to generate a profit level less than would normally be considered acceptable by a developer" it adds "However a clawback mechanism is still advised."

The 'clawback mechanism' usually relates to getting some money back off developers if their scheme does make a huge profit. At the start, however, they pay nowt.

What is very strange about this particular application is that the Council states that any money it does get back will be going, not towards affordable housing (even though 627,250 is earmarked for that) but towards its much longed-for iconic bridge over the Meadows which will cost 4million, a price which has doubled since the Council first announced it (see previous Salford Star article for background click here)

The planning officer's report states quite clearly(ish!) that "The Council will require planning obligations for affordable housing", before the very next sentence adds: "The maximum financial contribution of 1,467,738 would be directed towards the provision of the Meadows Bridge and/or public realm improvements along the Crescent Corridor."

Bridges before affordable housing? This cannot be serious, in light of last week's announcement by Paul Longshaw, the Council's Lead Member for Housing, that "we're committed to building genuinely affordable housing in the city". From this planning report it seems that Salford Council is more committed to 'building genuinely unaffordable bridges in the city'...

It's all very odd and, probably, immaterial, as these clawback arrangements have rarely, if ever, produced the full planning fees that should be payable to the city.

In the meantime, councillors sat on the planning panel might at least wish to pose the question whether Salford Council seriously puts bridges before affordable housing...


Update: 6th April 2017 - Planning permission for the development was refused at today's panel meeting, not on lack of Section 106 funds but issues to do with design and green space.


Alice wrote
at 12:41:33 on 31 March 2017
It goes on and on! How can one believe the council's professed intention to build more affordable houses when, with each new development, it lets the developers off this responsibility. One loses any faith in what it says. It seems as though this Council is run by a consortium of business men, with the council agreeing to whatever they say.

notagain wrote
at 12:41:08 on 31 March 2017
Councillor Derek Antrobus, the boss of planning at Salford, has sat on the board of Salford University for years, so work out why the University gets a bridge to serve its student residents.... University 1st, Salford residents always 2nd or 3rd.

tony ormonde wrote
at 05:26:54 on 31 March 2017
The Star continues to provide much needed info about the horrendous state of the Labour controlled LA. Housing policies are designed to deliver "social Cleansing" of City Centre Salford and the return of Ghetto's. Protests and strike action are the only way to force Labour to even listen to alternatives to their brown nosing of bosses

Graham English wrote
at 05:26:33 on 31 March 2017
The initial scheme was completely unacceptable to the local residents and community. The scheme was redesigned by an architect called Annabelle Tugby. We, the local residents, found it a sensitive response to our concerns; and we are backing it 100%. The Council, however, appear to want to revert to the previous iteration that compromised both out light and our privacy. Let's hope that next Thursday's meeting falls in our collective favour.

Michael cullen wrote
at 20:05:44 on 30 March 2017
Good news for the area, a good quality development, discussion and negotiation with neighbours resulting in an improved scheme.

down but not out! wrote
at 18:53:35 on 30 March 2017
Have the people of Salford been consultaed on these decisions, both regarding yet another fee waivering project and whether we want money spent on a bridge or more important things?? I doubt it.

Cath Connett wrote
at 13:01:11 on 30 March 2017
If they "can't afford" to pay it, they should b*gger off and build their unaffordable apartments elsewhere. Salford isn't a benevolent society for property developers.

Em3 wrote
at 12:21:04 on 30 March 2017
What a surprise. It seems that Salford's Labour council have made planning permission and affordable housing optional for their mates the developers!

Paul Gerrard wrote
at 12:21:01 on 30 March 2017
Do we know of any developers paying planning fees? Why would they, they'd be a fool to, Salford's a soft touch. How much has the council forfeited by now, Salford Star?

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: DEVASTATING SURVEY OF NORTH WEST COUNCIL WORKERS SHOWS LOCAL SERVICES COLLAPSING
The UK is on is knees. I got out at the earliest opportunity. Mental Health Services ON ITS KNEES Adult Social Care ON ITS KNEES F... [more]
article: DEVASTATING SURVEY OF NORTH WEST COUNCIL WORKERS SHOWS LOCAL SERVICES COLLAPSING
The future is frightening... [more]
article: DEVASTATING SURVEY OF NORTH WEST COUNCIL WORKERS SHOWS LOCAL SERVICES COLLAPSING
Big headlines over comments from a small number of the overall staff. Rather misleading headline... [more]
article: DIRTY OLD TOWN PERFORMED NEAR SALFORD GASWORKS IN DEMOLITION PROTEST
It's funny that the Oval cricket ground gas holders can get the council to locally list and English Heritage to nationally list th... [more]
article: SALFORD PHOTO ARCHIVE GIVEAWAY
Hi Janet Murphy...I saw Freddie Fielder last year at a funeral....He has moved from Simister near Prestwich..not sure where he sai... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD COUNCIL REFUSES TO REVEAL WHO PAID FOR CITY MAYOR TRIP TO SOUTH OF FRANCE

Star date: 19th June 2018

COUNCIL BLOCKS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST ON 4,000 MIPIM TRIP

Salford City Council has refused to answer a Salford Star Freedom of Information request on which private company paid the 4,022 costs for City Mayor Paul Dennett and two staff to go to the South of France for the MIPIM property event.

The Council states that "the commercial interests of the Council outweigh that of the public interest in disclosure". The Salford Star is to appeal the decision.

Full details here...

DEVASTATING SURVEY OF NORTH WEST COUNCIL WORKERS SHOWS LOCAL SERVICES COLLAPSING

Star date: 18th June 2018

OVER 80% OF COUNCIL WORKERS HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN SERVICES AND ALMOST 50% THINKING OF LEAVING THEIR JOBS

A survey of almost 1,500 local council workers in the North West reveals that 81% have no confidence in the future of local services, 49% are thinking of leaving their jobs, 54% believe their council no longer delivers quality services, and 45% think that their employer doesn't make the right decisions for the public.

The other results of the survey by UNISON to coincide with its local government conference make equally depressing reading, as the union states that "Vital local services in the North West are collapsing".

Full details here...

SALFORD TIME OUT FOR CARERS

Star date: 18th June 2018

TRIPS, CAKES, MASSAGE, ADVICE AND CHAT AS CARERS TAKE TIME OUT

"I was absolutely weary...I needed to get out of the house" Ernie

Caring for a loved one is indeed a labour of love but it can also be life consuming and draining. So a group called Time Out For Carers is making a difference, running weekly sessions where escapism is the order of the day.

There's free massages, trips out, advice on allowances, tea and coffee and cakes, but, most importantly, relaxed informal chats with carers who are all in the same position.

Full details here...

DIRTY OLD TOWN PERFORMED NEAR SALFORD GASWORKS IN DEMOLITION PROTEST

Star date: 17th June 2018

SALFORD MUSICAL PROTEST TO STOP DEMOLITION OF DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS

This afternoon saw Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town performed like never before near the famous gasworks, as a musical protest posse played instruments and sang along to the anthem to try to get the National Grid to stop the demolition of the iconic gas holders and re-think their use.

Full details here...

BUGZY MALONE PLAYS HOME TOWN MANCHESTER FOR 5

Star date: 17th June 2018

BUGZY HOSTS DO WHAT MOVES YOU SHOW

Bugzy Malone plus guests
Saturday 23rd June, 7pm-midnight
Gorilla, Manchester

Top, top, top grime artist, Bugzy Malone, hosts the Bacardi Do What Moves You show at Gorilla on Whitworth Street next Saturday, with local rappers and MCs. Tickets are priced at just 5 with all proceeds going to Lonely Whale.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx