Almost 500 homes are to be built on the old Salford racecourse.

Salboy who has became a popular developer in Salford with over 1,200 residential units under construction, most recently completing the £79 million, 399-home Local Blackfriars in September are proposing to transform Castle Irwell site in Salford.

Originally, a popular racecourse to the community of Salford and then purchased by the University of Salford, that provided student accommodation for over 50 years until 2015, planned to transform the site into a new residential neighbourhood that would offer 500 homes to the community.

Councillor Karen Gariddo had said that the plans proposed from then owners, University of Salford were ‘devastating’ because of the lack of affordable housing.

The site is located between the River Irwell boundary to the north and east, Cromwell Road to the South and Littleton Road to the West

Salboy, are now committed in delivering this vision, purchasing the site for over the £15 million asking price and plan 500 high quality and secure family homes, three acres of publicly accessible gardens and a new school.

The project is expected to create around 900 construction jobs.

Fred Done, owner of Salboy has said: “I am a Salford boy and I want to create something that Salford can be proud of.

“Developing this site means a lot to me. My first shop was 200 yards from the site. As a 20-year old I worked the racecourse. The site still has a lot of attachment for me.”

Salboy, plan to deliver their scheme in three planning and construction phases.

Phase One, that will include 155 homes is being ready to be submitted. The developer, before submitting the planning application, are offering the chance for members of the local community, residents and businesses to comment on the proposed plans.

The deadline for comments is February 28, 2020 and feedback can be submitted on their website or alternatively at 0808 169 8220.

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