Flats approved on site of Salford pub

A proposal to demolish the former White Lion pub at the junction of Manchester Road West and Highfield Road in Little Hulton and build a mixed-use block has won planning consent. 

The proposed three-storey block will contain eight two-bedroom apartments with the ground floor given over to a Nisa convenience store. 

The White Lion, which closed in December 2017 and has been vacant ever since, is the latest pub to be demolished in the area after the Kenyon Arms, situated opposite, was knocked down and redeveloped into a care home.

The applicant for the White Lion scheme is DPPS Trading, a group of four businessmen that owns a Nisa branch in Denton. 

Nisa, which operates a franchise model and has more than 3,000 stores across the UK, was bought by the Co-operative Group in May 2018 for £143m. 

DPPS had looked at other sites in the area with a view to development but two were discounted due to their size while a third, comprising land off Seddon Street, was already subject to a planning application for 21 homes making it unavailable, according to the application documents. 

The planner for the scheme is Q+A Planning and the architect is Altrincham-based B2 Architecture. 

The project team also includes Ashley Helme as transport consultant, Hepworth Acoustics advising on noise impact, Fleurets as viability consultant and STL Projects on drainage. 

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