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SALFORD DEVELOPER ADMITS THAT ‘KEY ASPIRATION’ OF REGENERATION WAS TO ‘SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE PROPORTION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING’
 

Star date: 12th April 2018

COUNTRYSIDE PROPERTIES SUBMITS PLANNING FOR ALMOST 300 APARTMENTS IN LOWER BROUGHTON BUT NONE AFFORDABLE

As Countryside Properties applies for planning permission for 299 'market rent' apartments in Lower Broughton, the company has again admitted that it was "the key aspiration of the Development Agreement [with Salford City Council] to significantly reduce the proportion of affordable housing".

Figures for the massive regeneration of Lower Broughton show that only 17% of houses and only 20% of flats in the scheme have been 'affordable'. It's a shocking indictment of Salford Council housing policy, as the affordable housing crisis grows.

Full details here...


For over ten years the Salford Star has, with the original community, been dissecting the regeneration of Lower Broughton, concluding every time that the massive scheme, handed over by Salford City Council to private developer, Countryside Properties, was about social cleansing. 

Now, Countryside has submitted a planning application for the final phase of the regeneration that was originally outlined, and housing statistics have been included that show, that, after completion, there will have been only 17.3% affordable houses built in Lower Broughton, and only 20% affordable apartments, compared to almost 100% affordable properties before the bulldozing of the area began.

Of the 1,721 properties erected, 510 are 'market price' houses, 298 'affordable' houses, 569 'market' apartments and 344 'affordable' apartments. Nowhere do the statistics state what proportion of the 'affordable' properties are classed as social rent, as opposed to the more expensive 'affordable' rent.

As in previous planning applications, Countryside admits that "It was a key aspiration of the Development Agreement to significantly reduce the proportion of affordable housing..."

The developer also boasts that the new make-up of the area "is significantly better than the tenure split which existed at the start of the regeneration process", adding that its new scheme for 299 private market rent apartments "will help achieve that aspiration"...

The latest 'Phase 5' application is for six blocks, five storeys high, on either side of the Church of the Ascension near Clarence Street in Lower Broughton. In line with the ethics of the regeneration, there will be no affordable housingand neither is Countryside proposing any Section 106 monies, thanks to Salford City Council's shameful planning policy.

In its planning statement now lodged with the Council, the developer states that "The site is identified as lying entirely within the Low/Mid Residential Value Area. Within this area Table 2.6 indicates that apartment schemes have no requirement for affordable housing..."

Meanwhile, Public Open Space planning contributions are normally set at £1,039 per bed space and, with this scheme having a total of 797 bed spaces, Countryside should be paying £828,083; but is proposing to pay nothing... as it "made provision for a significant amount of open space in the form of Green Grosvenor Park" during previous phases of the redevelopment.

After the 2015 Boxing Day Flood, some residents in the area questioned whether the new housing in the area contributed to the flooding of the social rent properties. This new development is smack in the middle of the Flood Zone 3 area.

Countryside states that "Flood depths and flow routes will not be significantly affected as a result of the development" but adds that there will be "Implementation of awareness raising and emergency planning measures". The Flood Risk Assessment "concludes that the proposed development incorporates appropriate mitigation to address the risks arising from flooding and will not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere..."

While this development is the final phase that had outline planning permission, nowhere in the application does it state the destiny of Spike Island, which was originally earmarked for demolition to make way for bistros and duck ponds...


See also previous related Salford Star articles...

Salford Council To Waive £1.5million in Planning Fees for Countryside Properties – click here

A Tour Through Salford Council Spin On Affordable Housing – click here

Kenny Roberts wrote
at 08:23:06 on 14 April 2018
Why, why do the good people of Salford keep Voting for Labour. Every year we see rents and council tax rise and get less services. My elderly neighbour who has worked all his life and gets a very small pension is worst off every year under Labour. Because he has a small pension he has to pay rent and council tax. His state pension went up £3.10 out of that City west want £1.70 and council tax want £2.50, almost more than his state pension rise. But his neighbours who are immigrants pay no council tax or rent and get grants for all sorts of things. So he is hit for paying a works pension scheme. while immigrants who have not contributed pay nothing.
 
Cody wrote
at 18:21:29 on 12 April 2018
It's called 'Gentrification' and Salford Council along with the Mayor are actively supporting this. Investment at any cost, be it economic or social. Salford, the 'Dirty Old Town', now too up-market for the people that actually live there. I had a Labour canvasser at my door seeking my vote, it could have been Gina Reynolds I'm not sure, regardless I asked her why the Council was allowing developers to get away with not paying fees. Her answer? "What do you mean?" I explained to her and she gave no adequate answer. I then asked her why are you not building more affordable housing. Her answer? "Yes we need to do that!" So I asked her why let Developers build on your land and not build enough homes for the average person? Her answer? "Investment" followed by "We'll be building new Council homes soon" I pointed out the money for doing so is minuscule and asked again why don't you get Developers to pay their fees? She carried on stating the Council was going to build more homes again. Typical political regurgitation and avoidance. On a different note I asked her why the Mayor took two weeks to write a letter to the Dept for Education regarding flexible funding for the nurseries. She said "He didn't, he wrote it before, I was there when it was written" If he'd written it two weeks before then he shouldn't have started the consultation, right? For me it comes down to him either knowing he could ask for it but didn't as this would be an easy one to blame on the Tories again, which would be damning, or he didn't know which makes him and the Council politically inept. It really angers me and the sad thing is it will never change, with the system we have and the people that infest it, it just won't change. I have no faith left in Democracy, national or local government. As long as Corporate power exploits the power of those in positions of political and economic power, then there will be no real change and just a shadow of a Democracy.
 
Bob wrote
at 18:18:59 on 12 April 2018
Looks like The clowns who run Salford are letting the people down again buy not collecting Building fee's. They all deserve to be Voted out in May.
 
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