The council is to lease 3.7 acres off Kintyre Avenue in Weaste to education provider Kings Academy Trust, paving the way for the construction of a 50-place school for children with autism and emotional difficulties.
The school, to be funded by the Department for Education following a successful bid by Salford City Council, was originally proposed on the site of the former St Luke’s Primary School off nearby Eccles New Road, while the Kintyre Road site was earmarked for social housing.
However, it was later decided that the Eccles New Road site would be an unsuitable location for a special needs school given its proximity to the Metrolink line.
As a result, the council identified the Kintyre Avenue site as the preferred location for the school, while the former St Luke’s, which occupies a three-acre plot, is to be redeveloped into housing.
The council took ownership of the Kintyre Avenue site from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford in 2011 and will lease the site to Kings Academy Trust for 125 years, under the deal. The trust is to pay a peppercorn rent.
In exchange, the Department for Education, which owns the former St Luke’s school site, will transfer ownership of the land to Salford Council, paving the way for a housing development.