Major planning application will encourage city's growth

Published:  03 August, 2009

LANCASHIRE: The biggest planning application Salford has ever experienced will be submitted to the City Council today by English Cities Fund with the support of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company. Covering an area of 17.744 hectares - equivalent to 21 international football pitches - it follows more than two years of consultation and aims to deliver the regeneration of this important part of Salford for the benefit of existing residents and businesses and to attract investors.

The application is larger than that submitted for the first phase of MediaCityUK and will link sites such as Salford University and The Crescent, Chapel Street and the region's business district - Spinningfields

The proposed development is centred on creating sustainable communities with the correct balance of uses. New offices, commercial, retail and leisure uses will be complemented by family housing and apartments linked by high-quality public realm and civic spaces.

Chris Farrow, chief executive of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company, said: "The vision for Central Salford is to regenerate this important area of the city, to help diversify its economic base and to bring in new activity.

"The floor space for the proposed development includes 864 new homes, 390 hotel rooms, 24 000sqm of active use space and 197 000sqm of office space."

The application aims to create the conditions to assist the successful regeneration of the area. It includes a number of distinct areas including Salford Central Station, Chapel Street, Adelphi and the Historic Core, which features the Adelphi and Bexley Square Conservation Area and listed buildings such as St Philips Church and Salford Cathedral.

A new square, St Johns Place, is planned to maximise the view of the newly-renovated Salford Cathedral. A new Commercial Quarter will make the most of Salford's strategic location next to Spinningfields and the corporate heart of Manchester.

There will be a public viewing of the plans at Salford Central/St Philips Church from August 10-12.

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