St Simon Street MSV
The completion of the sale is subject to the approval of plans

Mosscare plots Salford homeless facility 

Dan Whelan

The housing association has agreed terms with the city council to acquire a vacant site on St Simon Street in Lower Broughton and redevelop it into a 42-apartment supported living scheme.

Located on the banks of the River Irwell next to the Riverside House student accommodation complex, the site is a former council depot previously used in connection with Blackfriars Housing Office. 

Having been vacant for more than a decade, Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group approached Salford City Council with a view to buying the site.

The developer’s scheme would comprise 40 one-bedroom apartments and two properties with two-bedrooms.

The one-bedroom apartments would be made available on a temporary basis to homeless people in need of accommodation and access to medium or low-level support. 

Under the terms of the sale, Salford City Council is to “retain the ability to lease the two-bedroom family apartments to accommodate those who require emergency housing”, according to a council report. 

Charity Mustard Tree is to occupy the ground floor commercial space and will provide support to residents through its Freedom Project, a 20-week course aimed at equipping people with the skills required to get a job. 

The land sale is dependent on the approval of a planning application for the construction of the accommodation block, but the proposals have yet to be submitted to Salford City Council. 

In 2014 the council agreed to dispose of the site to the owner of the adjacent student accommodation development and, in March 2016, planning consent was granted for a mix of student facilities and apartments for private sale.  

However, the sale did not complete due to viability constraints. 

 

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This is the kind of project that is desperately needed all around Greater Manchester. As a resident of the local area it gets my support

By Caroline M

Recent discussions on several local residents groups seem to show good support for this project. As a resident of the local area it gets my support.

By Andy

As a resident who will be living immediately opposite, this proposal does not get my support at all. This development would be much better suited to a less residential area. The local residents groups are probably more political activists than residents.

By Friars

These schemes always bring trouble. I feel sorry for the local residents.

By Floyd