The next phase of Salford’s New Bailey are moving forward, as plans for a brand new 23-storey development have been approved.
The tower will be built as a continuation of the Slate Yard and New Bailey developments near to Ordsall Chord and the River Irwell, across the river from the Old ITV Granada studios.
However, it’s reported that none of the proposed 211 apartments will be classed as affordable, which drew mixed reactions from local residents.
One 81-year-old who spoke to us said about the approval of the plans: “We’re stuffed, I told you what, we’ve got nowhere to go.
“Salford is fast becoming a bedroom city for Manchester, you can’t start a family here anymore.”
This first tower however is just the phase one of the project, which is in total should include a total of 392 apartments, as well as a variety of shops and cycle ways.
The New Bailey development, which this planned 23-storey building includes, is an enormous £650 million project that has been designed as a bridge between Salford and Manchester.
Hawkins/Brown, the architects behind the building in question, also today secured funding for an new Irwell bridge from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
But this huge wave of investment did leave one Salford resident with mixed opinions on the further investment in Salford. He said: “I think it definitely needs it.”
“But again, there’s a lot of people that live there that are gonna be, who have grown up that won’t be able to afford people moving in and maybe it’s not going to be a good thing for Salford.”
Manchester has recently seen a wave of investment in new properties, all of which you can see in this map:
A planning statement by DPP, a partner in the project said, “Nonetheless, the 211 apartments and residents will deliver economic benefits through increased local spending power and expanded local taxation base.
“Furthermore, the development proposals providing open market apartments will continue to add to the diversity of the housing market and population of the area, successfully creating diverse communities.”
For more from the Salford residents we spoke to, listen to the clip below: