A public consultation about the proposed redevelopment of the Old Ship Pub and Hotel on Liverpool Road into a 30-bed residence for vulnerable people has opened.
The consultation follows other recent development plans in Irlam and Cadishead being met with resistance from residents over concerns about development on green-belt land.
Residents have addressed this development with different concerns, with many people taking issue with the possible new residents in the development.
The organisation behind the planning application to turn the old pub and hotel into accommodation is the Revolving Doors Housing Trust Limited, who aim to provide housing and support for ex-offenders, people with a history of substance abuse and the homeless.
Revolving Doors Housing Trust was incorporated as a limited company in 2017 and their Facebook page states: “The Revolving Doors Housing Trust provides support and accommodation for Ex-offenders, Substance misuser, Homeless People, Mental Health Support.”
The Facebook page contains two web addresses that don’t lead anywhere.
Speaking about the development proposal, Councillor for Irlam and Cadishead, Lewis Nelson, said: “I have a number of concerns with this proposal. The Ship is a historic building at the very heart of our community.
“There are a number of rumours and uncertainties at this stage that I would not want to speculate about, but I believe everybody has a right to live with dignity, with adequate space and in a quality home. The proposal for this 30 bed HMO does not meet those tests, so will be met with my opposition.
“I would welcome any constructive conversation with the developer and company responsible, who so far, have failed to engage with councillors or local residents”.
On a post on the ‘Irlam and Cadishead Community Views’ Facebook page, members of the community have also had their say.
Cliff Townsend said: “This will cause big problems if allowed to proceed. They are basically going to an open prison!”
Tracey Mellet commented: “We really shouldn’t pre-judge anyone. Just because they *might* be an ex-offender, does not automatically mean that children are at risk, etc. Let’s wait for more information.”
Expressing concerns over parking, Peter Haughton said: “30 beds! Where are the parking spaces going to be? The possible few outside with a bus stop in the way, possibly on the road next to the pub?”
Sue Bridgford argued: “Better there than on the moss and at least they’re converting it rather than demolishing it.”
There have been 30 public comments on the consultation so far, and you can add your own views on the Salford City Council website.