Tomorrow, Salford City Council will decide whether or not to approve plans for a new tower block in Greengate, despite the proposal containing no social housing.]

The proposal outlines the plan for a “mixed use development comprising a single building with two blocks (14 and 55 storeys) to include: 545 residential apartments, associated residents facilities and basement parking…with associated landscaping and public realm works.”

Proposed location of the new Greengate tower

This comes just days after Salford City Council unveiled their new ‘Publication Salford Local Plan’, outlining the cities’ plan for increased climate change measures, more housing and fairer opportunities for all residents. The full document is linked here.

When it comes to planning obligations, the proposal states that “for reasons of scheme viability the development cannot support the maximum contribution being requested by the
City Council.”

Instead, it says that “The City Council… negotiated a contribution of £2,423,145, to be secured via a Section 106 agreement.

“These monies will be directed towards the delivery of strategic pieces of public realm within Greengate, such as the Market Cross to the south of the site.”

In the proposal, a “clawback mechanism” has been recommended which would “secure a further contribution from the applicant, up to the maximum contribution identified, should the viability
of the development increase in the future.

“It is recommended that any clawback monies be directed towards the delivery of off-site affordable housing.”

Inside the proposed tower will also be some commercial units intended for a variety of outlets, including restaurants, businesses and public services.

For more information, the full proposal is publicly available on the Salford City Council website here.

Greengate itself has been singled out for redevelopment due to its medieval roots as the market heart of Salford.

Alongside the aforementioned Market Cross park which is proposed, there will also be an “enhanced section of riverside walkway” among other “public realm” improvements.

Consultation on the new Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) isn’t expected to be finished until later this year at the earliest.

Salford Council’s own Local plan (SLP) is also in the consultancy stages, with the public still able to comment on the plan until 20 March 2020.

If you have any questions about the plan, you can contact the city council’s spatial planning team on 0161 793 3782 or email

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