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MediaCity is one of the key neighbourhoods mentioned in the local plan. Credit: Orry Verducci on Unsplash

Salford to adopt local plan next week

Nearly a decade since the process began, the area’s local plan is expected to receive the green light at a council meeting on Wednesday.

Approval will mark the end of a long road for the council’s development framework. Procedures for the local plan began way back in February 2013, with a call for sites to be nominated for development.

The framework will guide development in Salford up to 2037.

The local plan includes information regarding housing density policies, and the size of homes and types of housing for various locations.

The plan calculates the local housing need to be an increase of 1,370 dwellings per year – that is 20,550 in 15 years. The council seeks to deliver at least 85% of new dwellings on brownfield.

The council forecasts an 80% net increase in houses within the majority of areas. Exceptions to this figure include areas such as Salford Quays and Cheetham Hill town centre.

Other significant developments mentioned in the local plan include a new Metrolink line connecting Salford Quays and Salford Crescent Station. Also in the local plan: a new footbridge stretching across the River Irwell from the Crescent, and a new pedestrian bridge linking New Bailey West and the St John’s quarter.

A new Greengate Park would respond to the area’s rich heritage to bring nature into the City Centre. The council hopes to draw in visitors to support local businesses and cultural activity.

All new developments are to be net zero carbon by 2028, in a strive for the city to reach carbon neutrality by 2038.

Developments currently underway in the area include the £2.5bn Salford Crescent, which aims to deliver 1.6m sq ft of innovation space and up to 950 homes across 27 acres.

MediaCity is another major scheme that has had a significant impact on the city’s economy and profile. Located on Salford Quays, MediaCity has established a major cluster of creative, media, digital, and technology uses.

According to the local plan, business floorspace will predominantly be located on and around MediaCity and Anchorage Quay. A significant cluster will sit around Exchange Quay.

MediaCity is also the hub of major residential schemes, such as the £70m Latimer project, expected for completion in February.

The local plan will accompany Places For Everyone, which will consolidate some of the major decisions regarding Salford’s development. This document will outline the overall spatial plan for employment and housing development in nine out of ten of the Greater Manchester districts. Salford’s housing requirement will be specified.

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How can they approve the local plan before the PFE is approved. Or what is the point off the PFE but to waist a lot of pubic money on an unnecessary extra level of pointless governance to justify a pointless mayor.

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