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SALFORD COUNCIL POLICY SEES NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW ORDSALL APARTMENT BLOCKS
 

Star date: 8th March 2018

180 APARTMENTS – NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Salford City Council planning panel will next week consider plans for 180 new apartments in three huge blocks up to 21 storeys high. The blocks, on the riverfront at Ordsall, will see no affordable housing – in line with official Salford Council policy.

Full details here...


Ordsall Development Salford
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This week, Prime Minister Theresa May railed against the "abuse of the 'viability assessment' process" in planning, that has seen thousands of affordable houses lost to help developer profits (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

While the Salford Star has documented this in huge detail, the other side of the coin is Salford City Council's own planning policy which states that in certain areas of the city and for certain schemes, developers don't need to provide any affordable housing at all.

Next week, the Council's planning panel will meet to consider an application by Forshaw Land and Property Group for 180 apartments in three huge blocks up to 21 storeys high on a riverfront site at the back of the Grosvenor Casino, on Derwent Street in Ordsall.

Normally developers would be expected to provide up to 20% affordable housing as part of getting planning permission – but as this site is in what the Council classes as a 'mid-value' area no affordable housing will be provided at all.

The planning report to be judged by councillors next week states "It is noted that the site falls within a mid-value area as defined by the Planning Obligations SPD, as such there is no requirement for apartment schemes in this area to provide for affordable housing".

It's not just in Ordsall apartment schemes where no affordable housing is happening. Salford Star research has also shown that, out of 4,172 apartments and houses that received planning permission in Greengate and Chapel Street, only two affordable houses were provided (see here).

And research of 26 Salford sites published last week by Sheffield University's Jonathan Silver showed that Salford Council's developer friendly policies also led to the loss of 2,194 affordable properties (see here).

Meanwhile, for this latest Ordsall development, according to official Salford Council tables, the developer should be paying around £800,000 in Section 106 money.

However, the Council is asking for only £329,125 to deliver a new bus service between Salford Quays and Manchester City Centre, lease of a car club vehicle, traffic management outside the blocks and a pedestrian walkway through the site.

The developer won't have to pay in cash for the rest of its commitment, or as the Council report states, "In terms of public realm works it is proposed that the applicant is to undertake the works on site in lieu of any financial payment..."

All this, for once, has nothing to do with 'viability assessments' and much to do with Salford Council's own policies...

wrote
at 18:53:54 on 09 March 2018
Felsey is as sound as a pound. £800,000,000 WOW. If we only get 10% of that into the revenue budget it will make a big difference to everyone's lives. I do not understand why Mr Paul Dennett does not co-opt Felsey into his team. Salford needs an ideas man. It is clear the Council has run out of ideas other than to borrow more cash at what interest rate? saddling voters with a big bill. No wonder people don't vote.
 
Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 17:49:40 on 09 March 2018
Think Felsey needs to learn the difference between capital and revenue. £800 mill would be nice but what about when that's spent and there's no ongoing income from dividends for anything as you sold it all. Please don't get a job as a financial advisor.
 
wrote
at 13:16:16 on 09 March 2018
I agree with Paul. Time will tell us who is a crackpot and who is a genius. Trump was once thought a crackpot along with the great leaders who proved how being different evolves a genius. Salford Star should run a survey. Felsey Crackpot or Genius? Prize can be a luxury weekend in the South of France.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 10:09:16 on 09 March 2018
Salford Council's largesse never ceases to amaze me. Council tax is not negotiable for residents. Section 106 payments - in effect a 'developer tax' - should not be negotiable either, and especially not in defiance of council policy. Having said that the crisis in local government funding will not be solved by Felsey's hare-brained schemes. The council appear to have at last woken up to the fact that they will need to challenge the government over the shortfall in nursery funding. I hope Star readers will all come on the demo on 24th March - details to follow.
 
Mary ferrer wrote
at 07:33:39 on 09 March 2018
Our council seem to be able to spend OUR money,but not collect it,why???? I was under the impression we had a housing crisis or is it a case of there are only certain parts of Salford can have a affordable housing.And this area is out of bounds.
 
Felsey wrote
at 07:33:24 on 09 March 2018
I am further disappointed to read Salford Council appearing to not chase half a million quid. It means we Council Tax payers would be half a million quid worse off thanks to Labour control that bleat on about saving jobs and services. Enough. If I was Mayor I would use my Oxford University skills qualification to demand Council shares equal to the half million plus £40million lost over the last seven years plus up to £400million more as I previously explained. Then sell the shares along with our shares at Manchester Airport in raising £800million into Salford Council. Yes OUR £800million. Enough tactical cash to Save Salford.
 
Alexis wrote
at 18:15:09 on 08 March 2018
Has there been a developer announced for this project? I am looking forward to the Council awarding it to its own private property development company Derive (Salford) Ltd.
 
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