HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD QUAYS DEVELOPER TO AVOID 1MILLION PAYMENT WHILE NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROVIDED
 

Star date: 17th July 2018

FURNESS QUAY DEVELOPER PROVIDES NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON HUGE APARTMENT SCHEME

Salford's planning scandal is to go up another gear this week when an application by developer De Trafford for 421 apartments in blocks up to 27 storeys high on the site of Furness Quay is considered by councillors. Thanks to Salford City Council policies, the developer will be providing no affordable properties, while, through 'viability' assessments it is set to avoid over 1million in planning fees.

Meanwhile, the English Cities Fund (ECf) is continuing its secrecy in relation to new apartments and an office development around Chapel Street and New Bailey.

Full details here...


At this week's Salford Council planning panel, developers are set to, yet again, ride roughshod over the city's housing needs.

Developer De Trafford has submitted an application for 421 apartments in blocks up to 27 storeys high on the site of Navigation House on Furness Quay. In line with Salford Council's own 'SPD' policy, if 'high density' flats are built in a 'high value' area, no affordable housing is required.

This is confirmed by the officer's report going before councillors... "It is noted that the site falls within a high value area as defined by the Planning Obligations SPD" they write "However, given that the development is over six storeys it is deemed to be high density and in accordance with the SPD there is no requirement for high density apartment schemes to provide for affordable housing on the basis of viability..."

The officer does note, however, that the "proposed development is of a size that would impact on the surrounding public realm and therefore a contribution towards public realm is also sought".

'Public Realm' is calculated by a payment of over 1,000 per bed space within the development, with an added bed per space. This development will have 1,112 bed spaces to be calculated, giving a figure in excess of 1.1million...

However, as usual, the developer has submitted a 'viability assessment' which the officer notes will "demonstrate that the scheme would not be financially deliverable if the contribution was too high"...ie, its profits would not be big enough.

Instead, the Council has agreed a contribution of just 100,000, with a 'clawback' clause to pay some more if profits are higher than anticipated. And within the 'Public Realm', thirty trees, including 13 Category B trees, will be trashed.

This one development alone will give a loss to the city of potentially 1million plus around eighty affordable properties (20%) thanks to the Council's ridiculous planning policies.

Meanwhile, the English Cities Fund, or ECf (a partnership of Homes England, Legal and General and Muse Developments, cheer-led by Salford Council), will have its application for 167 apartments and 11 townhouses, next to Islington Park on Chapel Street, considered by the planning panel.

Around a decade ago, the Council set up an agreement with ECf, whereby all Section 106 payments would be superseded by a thing called the Development Trust Account, a mechanism shrouded in secrecy but basically allowing any potential planning payments to cross subsidise other ECf developments in the area. Affordable housing payments come almost last on the list*.

No figures have been produced by Salford Council for what the ECf should be paying for things like public realm, education and heritage, while no affordable housing is being proposed.

The ECf has also submitted an application to build a seven storey office block at New Bailey. Here, there will be no payments, even to the Development Trust Account, for things like transport, public realm and highways, because ECf is putting in some pedestrian pathways and some 'highway work'...

Over in Walkden, Countryside Properties is proposing 302 properties (58 apartments and 244 houses) off Worsley Road North. 148 of the properties will be for private rent, 102 for open market sale, and 52 properties would be for 'affordable rent' and 'shared ownership' via Great Places.

Countryside should be making payments for education, public realm, highways and open space. However the developer will be making a contribution of just 100,000 for highways, while any other contributions will be delegated to a decision by the Assistant Director of Planning and Housing, after a 'viability assessment' has been, er, assessed...

It seems that, while affordable housing is being provided within the outskirts of Salford, there is less and less in central Salford - and it's looking more and more like a deliberate policy...


.* See previous Salford Star article Not A Penny Back from ECf - click here

Gareth L wrote
at 06:30:02 on 18 July 2018
Going on the stories from last week Salford Council should blame Trump or Raheem Sterling for the fact that they keep letting Thier billionaire friends off with planning fees. Where are the protests Salford?

wrote
at 06:29:32 on 18 July 2018
The Star's been exposing this for a long time now, gentrification's continued, the Council hasn't changed it's policies and the majority of people in Salford don't seem to give a shit. Maybe the people of Salford are getting exactly what they deserve for being so disinterested and being blindly loyal to a Council that's trying to socially cleanse them.

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Giraffe
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
You spoke ref. Peel Holdings working with us. Last week it was taking people 2 hourd to get home due to an accident on the motorw... [more]
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
I may not understand the way things work but not once did I see our Mayor stand up & stick up for our cause , all I could see was ... [more]
article: STAR WARS LANDS IN ECCLES TO RAISE MONEY FOR AUTISTIC SOCIETY
i was part of the troop i'm the founder of north staffs stormtroopers i do darth vader and also stormtrooper..was a great day with... [more]
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Ok Ray , lets build 80 or 90 dirt cheap starter flats, and have lots of people living in the land that is surrounded by parkland.... [more]
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Rayofsunshine - You should probably ask that question to the Mayor and his cabinet. However, while I agree with you, I do believe ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS

Star date: 21st January 2019

'DON'T UNDERSTIMATE OUR PASSION'... 'LEAVE US ALONE!'... 'WE'RE GOING TO BE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS!'

Tonight a Special Community Committee Meeting took place for Irlam and Cadishead to discuss the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which proposes 1,600 houses to be built in the green belt near Irlam Station.

Passionate opposition speeches from the community covered all issues, from infrastructure to pollution, affordable housing to loss of Grade 1 agricultural land and the unstable site proposed for development. Not one single person present spoke in favour of the proposals.

Full details here...

STAR WARS LANDS IN ECCLES TO RAISE MONEY FOR AUTISTIC SOCIETY

Star date: 21st January 2019

DARTH VADER AND CO RAISE OVER 130 FOR AUSTIC SOCIETY

Star Wars characters landed in Eccles Shopping Centre at the weekend and raised 132 for the Autistic Society of Greater Manchester. Alongside Darth Vader were Stormtroopers, a Wookiee, Jedis and more.

Full details here...

MANCHESTER MELTDOWN 4 AT THE PEER HAT

Star date: 20th January 2019

ROSE AND THE DIAMOND HAND, BANG UP TO THE ELEPHANT, FOUR CANDLES AND MATTHEW HOPKINS

Manchester Meltdown 4
Wednesday 23rd January
The Peer Hat, Manchester

Four ace bands feature in Manchester Meltdown 4 this Wednesday, including two bands, Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins, who played at the Eagle Inn Salford Star Benefit last November. Ian Leslie chats with Matthew Hopkins' Julia about tales of mystery, magic and prostitution.

Full details here...

SALFORD LADY MARGARET MCHALE TURNS ONE HUNDRED AT THE BROUGHTONS

Star date: 20th January 2019

FROM HANKY PARK TO LITTLETON ROAD VIA LANCASTER BOMBERS AND THE 'MONKEY RUN'

Salford's Margaret McHale turned one hundred this week as her six children and relatives gathered for a huge party at The Broughtons Care Home. Born in Hanky Park, Margaret moved around central Salford, to Ellor Street, Warburton Street and finally to Littleton Road, as part of the slum clearances.

A proper Salford lass, Margaret worked on Lancaster Bombers during the war and as a machinist in Strangeways, and, as the family partied with residents and staff, there were a zillion anecdotes that will echo with loads of local families.

Full details here...

NEW SALFORD APPRENTICESHIPS AT ELECTRICITY NORTH WEST

Star date: 20th January 2019

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Electricity North West, the region's power network operator, is looking to take on young Salford people and has places for craft apprenticeships, which include overhead line workers and cable jointers, and higher level apprenticeships, which include roles such as design and control engineer.

Full details here...

 



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