Salford updates Crescent plans

Consultation will open in November into a new planning framework for the Salford Crescent area of the city that includes new residential, offices and leisure development.

Salford City Council this week approved the draft development framework, concentrated on three main areas:

  • South of the A6: Consolidation of Salford University functions north of A6 will open up 'substantial parts of this area for development'; residential mainly, with some office and leisure uses to take advantage of the proximity to university
  • University, Peel Park: Reflects university's ambitions to concentrate its activities in Peel Park and Frederick Road. 'This has the potential to reinvigorate Peel Park and it is proposed that a management plan for the park be produced following adoption of the framework.'
  • Frederick Road: Framework proposes extending university development in the area around the Innovation Forum, and to the south of Frederick Road.

If adopted the framework will be a non-statutory planning document but will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

The draft framework states: "The Crescent is Salford's principal higher education and cultural area and is a priority transformation area for the City Council. There are opportunities to deliver new commercial, residential, visitor and University related developments to take advantage of the Crescent's existing fine heritage and proximity to the regional centre."

The consultation runs from 7 November to 16 December 2011.

DTZ advised Salford City Council.

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