ECF’s 43-acre Salford vision approved

English Cities Fund has been granted planning consent for a large-scale redevelopment of Salford's core including 849 homes, 390 hotel rooms, 250,000 sq ft of retail and leisure and 2m sq ft of office space.

Cllr Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council lead member for planning, said: "This is an ambition of local people, local businesses as well as the local council. We are delighted our vision to restore Salford's city centre has been taken a step forward today by the approval of this planning application."

The application takes into consideration planning guidance to protect and contribute to the key views in Salford and many of the key vistas will be maximised. Public realm will also play a key part in the regeneration of Central Salford with cycle routes, footpaths and new open spaces included in the design.

The zones in the planning application include:

Irwell Quays. Bounded by Trinity Way and River Irwell, office development, ground floor commercial or retail, multi-storey car park, pedestrian and cycle routes, riverside walk

Commercial Quarter. East of Quays between Salford Central train station and River Irwell. Currently consists of a large surface car park to the south of the station and office blocks. Potential for a hotel providing up to 250 bed spaces and a new multi-storey car park. The Mark Addy public house will be redeveloped and Riverside House will be retained for commercial and leisure use.

Irwell Quays Residential. Apartment-led development on banks of River Irwell. Riverside walk linking to Manchester, Bolton, Bury canal, new cycle routes provided as part of Irwell River Park

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Gore Street. Mixed-use development to benefit from station and commercial quarter. Potential for boutique hotel with up to 140 bed spaces, and a landmark building fronting on to Chapel Street. Egerton Arms Hotel and Brown Brothers buildings will remain, latter converted for commercial/office use

Chapel Street South. Mix of apartments above commercial, retail and office floor space. Active frontages on to Chapel Street. Series of individual buildings and blocks, some with private courtyards

Chapel Street North. Historic core of Salford city centre, includes Adelphi and Bexley Square Conservation Area. No changes proposed to existing buildings. Improved public realm, streets and footpaths. New civic square and public space improving the setting of St Philip's church

St Philips Church NE. Family town houses proposed for an area of currently underused cleared space alongside a small number of apartments, reinstating the traditional urban streets

St Philips Church SE. Peel Park Inn and listed Manchester & Salford Savings Bank pub retained and reused for commercial/office use. New family town houses on cleared land. Part of Bank Street to formally enclose St Philip's church square.

Islington Park. The park consists of green space with pedestrian routes through it and is located to the south of Chapel Street. Improvements will be made to the park with an additional area of civic space to enhance and widen the park.

Chapel Street Highways Zone. New square, St John's Place, opposite the cathedral incorporating Chapel Street, to emphasise setting of Salford Cathedral. Reduce vehicle use, greater space for pedestrians, better links across highway.

Adelphi Street. Residential-led mixed-use development of apartments with some townhouses and commercial space around a central courtyard

Chris Farrow, chief executive of Central Salford urban regeneration company, said: "Today's decision marks a critical milestone in the regeneration of this key area of the city. Over the past two years Central Salford urban regeneration company, in close partnership with our public and private sector partners, local businesses and communities, has worked tirelessly on the planning, design and consultation for the Chapel Street area.

"We can now look forward to driving forward the regeneration of the Chapel Street area to create a vibrant, urban centre and a more beautiful setting for its many historical and natural assets."

English Cities Fund is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Home & Communities Agency and Legal & General.

Planning consultancy DPP advised ECF.

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Gosh ECF where have you been all my life? somebody there better have deep pockets

By Parky

any news on when this regeneration will start ?

By ms finch

be hilarious if they build and fill 2m sq ft of offices before another company signs at media city

By yosueme