X1 Developments and Vermont have submitted a planning application to Trafford Council for 216 apartments in the first two blocks of its Manchester Waters project in partnership with landowner Peel.
The scheme would be built over two phases, of nine and 11 storeys, on the site between the Manchester Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canal, next to Cornbrook Metrolink stop. There would be a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments in the design by Falconer Chester Hall. X1 has worked with Peel previously at sites in Salford Quays and Media City UK.
There are expected to be a further three blocks subject to future planning applications. The total number of flats would exceed 540 if all built. The gross development value stated by X1 Developments and Vermont is £110m. The developers started marketing the residential units to buy-to-let investors in November 2016.
The former commercial dock land sandwiched between Salford and Manchester borders has been the subject of campaigns by local residents and environmentalists arguing the case for it to become a city park; Pomona is only a few minutes’ walk from Castlefield and the centre of Manchester.
The application refreshes designs approved in 2006 but not built, designed by Leach Rhodes Walker. The site layout and heights are the same as in 2006. There have been architectural changes to update the design for the current market, and an increase in the number of apartments from 155 in 2006 to 216.
The island is reserved by Trafford Council for residential use.
Turley is advising on planning.