The developer has been trying to redevelop the site since 2016. Credit: via planning documents

Flooding concerns scupper plans for Salford trade units

After twice scaling back proposals to redevelop a former Manchester Evening News distribution depot into industrial units, Joint Investment Power has had its plans refused by the city council. 

Salford City Council cited concerns over “substantial risks” of flooding as the main reason for rejecting the application to create 12 trade counter units totalling 14,000 sq ft on the Broughton Lane site. 

“Once climate change is taken into account, the Environment Agency’s flood model shows that the site would be flooded by two metres in a flood that had a 1% chance of occurring in any one year by the 2080s,” a report by the city council’s planning officers said. 

If the site did flood, all stock stored on the ground floor would be destroyed, the report added. 

The refused scheme, plans for which were lodged last year, was Investment Power’s third attempt at overhauling the site. 

In 2016, the developer submitted plans for 41,000 sq ft of trade counter space across 21 units, as well as 21,000 sq ft of offices.  

Having withdrawn these proposals, the developer returned in 2017 with scaled-back aspirations for the site, submitting plans for 37,000 sq ft of trade counter space across 13 units.  

However, those plans were also withdrawn. 

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Wow! So that’s the standard 1% probability of being flooded by 2 metres in 2080. Are the council concerned they will be forced to build flood defences?

By Rich X

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