Plot E6, ECF, P.via Planning Documents
The homes will be available for affordable rent. Credit: via planning documents

ECF brings forward next tranche of Chapel Street flats 

Dan Whelan

The development consortium has lodged plans for 96 affordable apartments, part of the Salford Central masterplan. 

Designed by Buttress Architects, the scheme is to be constructed on a plot next to Atelier, another of English Cities Fund’s projects, which is nearing completion.  

The plot was recently freed up by the closure of convenience store Shalimar. 

Shalimar had resisted closure and demolition for several years while neighbouring developments including the 173-unit Atelier, and the 97-home Vimto Gardens sprung up on Chapel Street. 

However, the store closed in May and will now be demolished to make way for English Cities Fund’s latest development. 

ECF is made up of Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England.  

The latest Chapel Street scheme to come forward is to comprise a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments available for affordable rent. 

Salford has an affordable housing need equivalent to 613 dwellings a year, according to the Greater Manchester Strategic Housing Market Assessment in 2019. 

Salford City Council’s latest analysis of the need for affordable housing indicates that 5,807 households were on the city’s housing register at April 2020. 

DPP is the planning consultant for the project.

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Another block with no balconies? Seriously?

By Balcony watch

Yep,I think the council must play a big part in this dearth of balconies on apartments buildings.A little bit of outdoor space when you live towards the centre of a large city is essential as say windows and heating.Id also like to see more roof gardens.

By Robert Fuller

1: will those trees actually be there when the scheme is completed? Or are they just architectural license to get a planning permission? I’ll check when it’s completed. Other schemes in this area such as Chapel Wharf and Local Crescent have made no effort to soften, with landscaping, the effects of their huge buildings on the Chapel St and Crescent elevations. Salford Highways probably don’t want them as that means they have to look after them. Yeah. You have to put effort in if you want things to look, and stay, nice

2: and just a small point, Shalimar Convenience store has already been demolished!

By Local Resident

Also why is the block set so far back from the pavement edge? No commercial units either.

This is so, so rubbish.

By Balcony watch

This is affordable housing, there is no need for balconies.

By Big Dub

@Balcony Watch – if you look at the plans there is a large commercial unit which fronts Chapel Street. As for the set back, I assume it is to give some breathing space to the cathedral opposite.

By Bradford

How a council can allow this to be built opposite a cathedral is beyond me. Chapel Street has been a massive disappointment. It is tacky, poorly designed and a bit desperate.

By 1981