The site of Irlam’s former council offices is to be redeveloped into affordable housing with Salford City Council due to sign off the disposal of the plot this week.
The two-acre plot on Astley Road has been marketed for sale by the city council since 2013, after council services relocated to Irlam and Cadishead College. However, the sale has not progressed due to a number of issues, including poor ground conditions, and its listing as an Asset of Community Value.
Estimates suggested the land would cost around £500,000 to remediate given its ground conditions. Housing association ForViva had previously attempted to redevelop the site for extra care use after approaching the council in 2017, but negotiations between the two parties broke down.
Formerly home to council offices, the site was cleared in 2017 due to the poor condition of buildings on the plot and issues with anti-social behaviour. The plot’s listing as an Asset of Community Value has also now expired.
Working with Great Places Housing Group, Seddon is now primed to redevelop the site with a deal to be signed off by the council later this week.
Seddon is proposing to build a 27-home scheme, all of which will be for affordable tenures split between affordable rent and shared ownership. Seddon had also explored developing the site for extra care use but this was found to be unviable.
To address issues with ground conditions, the development will be supported by £342,000 from the Government’s Land Reclamation Fund. Seddon will be taking a 250-year lease on the site from the council at a cost of £690,000; the council will have an option to acquire a minimum of five of the affordable units.
The disposal of the land is due to be signed off by the council on 27 June.
Duncan Williams, regional director at Seddon, said: “This scheme will be the fourth we’re delivering across Greater Manchester for our partner, Great Places Housing Group. We’re currently on-site at Duchy Road and Old Lane in Salford, and Melland Road in Gorton. These developments will see 286 affordable homes being built in total. With this Astley Road development, we’re thrilled to add a further 27 affordable homes to this strong pipeline.
“Throughout the construction of these schemes, we’re working closely with Great Places and the local authority to maximise social value. We achieve this through the use of local suppliers, as well as providing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for local people.”