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DEVELOPER PAYS SALFORD CITY COUNCIL JUST £124 PER FLAT IN PLANNING FEES
 

Star date: 3rd October 2018

13 STOREY STUDENT BLOCK AT QUAYS BRINGS JUST £124 PER FLAT RETURN TO COUNCIL

This week, Salford councillors will consider a planning application to build blocks of 402 room student accommodation rising to 13 storeys almost on the doorstep of Oasis Academy at Salford Quays.

The developer will pay just £50,000 in planning fees, which works out at £124 per flat, when other developers building student blocks with a lot less flats have been asked to pay more than three times this figure. What the hell is going on?

Full details here...


On Thursday, councillors on Salford City Council's planning panel will consider an application from Bricks Developments for 'Discovery Quay' student accommodation; 402 flats in two massive blocks rising to 13 storeys on the site of the BUPA Car Park, almost on top of the Oasis Academy in Salford Quays.

It's a follow up to a previous application in 2015 when 300 student flats got planning permission on the same site, despite Salford Council's own consultants, DTZ, reporting that "that there was already excess capacity of student accommodation in Salford" (see here).

Now the Council report argues that Salford University's student numbers have increased by 4.2% "since 2012/13, whilst the size of the full time undergraduate intake has increased by 5.4% (744 students) over the same period". The stats start from 2012 because that was the year when student fees were introduced and, no doubt, people were temporarily put off from going to uni. The scheme would provide 482 bed spaces, including forty 'premium suites'.

The total Section 106 planning fees for the blocks will be £50,000, which works out at just £124 per flat, to enhance 'public realm' around Trafford Road. There is no 'clawback' figure requested, nor explanation or figures given in the report of other fees, like open space, that might have been avoided...

...This is particularly odd, because when a similar block of only 76 units received planning permission at Irwell House on Frederick Road, the Section 106 payment was £34,960 plus £129,000 in a possible 'clawback'. And even this was cheap because, according to Council figures, the payment should have been £367,102 (see here).

Perhaps councillors at the panel meeting would like to ask what the hell is going on?


Update: 5:30pm 3rd October... Residents to protest outside Salford Council Planning Panel meeting  http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4747

Felsey wrote
at 11:22:54 on 14 October 2018
Hi Brian. Believe me, living near the land plot it is a disgrace to see the empty brown field site sitting rotting while so many good people are needing a home. Let the developer invest in Salford.
 
Brian F KIRKHAM wrote
at 10:22:29 on 14 October 2018
Oh my Lord...mr felse strikes again. A block of flats is not an essential build, just because it’s on the right side of Trafford road and broadway. If they were, under the scheme of things that the uni works under, the university would have purchased , lock stock and barrel vacant land by nine acre court, where the council flats were originally located. I applaud the uni for its foresight if only that BUPA have shipped off out of the Anchorage and into purpose built offices further down the road. What this means for their other residential accommodation remains to be seen. As for the northern capital thing, the metro county isn’t called Greater Manchester for nothing.
 
Cody wrote
at 07:59:04 on 04 October 2018
@Al. We’re the many and we’re not forgotten. We’re just ignored because a vote counts for less than a wad of money or promises of eye-catching buildings and headlines from a developer. They’ll offer the Council a token amount of money (or nothing) and in return the Council can say it’s secured investment and jobs. What they neglect to say is where that ‘investment’ goes and that any jobs created for locals are minimal.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 07:57:34 on 04 October 2018
Al is right, Salford council are indeed driving true Salfordians out of our city. Why would they do this?The answer is simple, they don't like us depite the fact that many vote labour solidly. What the new rulers of Salford, Becky ,Dennett and a few others (all shipped in from outside areas) are appalled by is the amount of political incorrectness in the Salford proletariat. Even nice little old ladies spout veiws on certain subjects that are obnoxious to our rulers. I admit I too am to a certain degree politically incorrect. So this is their idea, move Salford people out to other areas of greater manchester, and dilute the problem a bit. Theres your answer. If you saw the lunchtime news today, Old Tess said all councils could borrow as much as they liked to build new council houses. They got loads of land free under pathfinder. house values will be high so come on Merry and Dennett show us the way. They won't though .they would rather sell the land to developers, but the labour voting idiots in our city will always vote for them.
 
Al wrote
at 18:15:42 on 03 October 2018
Salford city council are driving Salfordians out of the city, Thousands of apartments and homes popping up all over, and non affordable housing for the true Salford resident, and know this, Salford city council simply won’t talk about social houses being built, but want £££££s, and simply we are the forgotten few.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 17:28:54 on 03 October 2018
Discovery Quay is quite an apt name as we would like to discover how the developers get away with it and we get increasing council tax bills and reduced services!
 
Felse Michael J wrote
at 16:45:19 on 03 October 2018
Essential build. We must capitalise on higher education attracting at least £25billion into Salford for degree courses. Say yes to the development. In the long run it helps define Salford as greatest post Brexit Northern Capital.
 
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