Salford residents have strongly condemned proposed plans for 300 luxury homes to be built next to the country’s fifth national gardens.

The homes are proposed for Leigh Road in Worsley, near where the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Bridgewater is due to open in summer 2020.

On Wednesday, demonstrators opposing the scheme will lobby a full meeting of Salford Council.

There will also be a protest against the plans in front of Swinton Town Hall at 8:30am.

Increased levels of traffic and pollution have been cited as just some of the reasons for objections to the potential scheme.

The World Health Organisation says Salford is the second most polluted city in the whole of the UK, and Worsley Road is already the tenth most gridlocked highway outside London, according to global traffic analysts INRIX.

Writing on Facebook, Cathryn Wignall referred to “more homes that Salford born and bred can’t afford”.

Peter Shaw added: “The council should be building council houses.”

Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning and sustainable development, said: “At this stage the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is looking at the principle of allocating the land for housing.

“Any impact would be assessed through a planning application.”

The full petition against potential proposals can be read here.

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