X1 and Vermont’s plans to build three more apartment blocks at Pomona Island have been recommended for approval as construction work at the site begins to ramp up.
The developer and contractor’s plans for the site, known as Manchester Waters, have already started on site, with two blocks of 10 and 12 storeys currently under construction. Built by Vermont, these feature a total of 216 one, two, and three-bed apartments.
Now, X1 and Vermont are looking to get three more blocks under way at an adjacent site; these feature a total of 526 apartments across buildings of 15, 17, and 19 storeys.
Overall, there will be 216 one-beds – including 55 studios – 274 two-beds, and 36 three-beds across the latest phase. There is no ground-floor retail or commercial proposed in any of the blocks, nor are any of the apartment designated as affordable.
Designed by architect Falconer Chester Hall, the three buildings follow a similar design to the two blocks currently under construction, featuring a cantilever supported by v-shaped columns, and rainscreen cladding. The blocks step up in height from the Salford Quays end of the islands in the direction of Manchester city centre.
The site secured planning permission for five blocks, which was granted in 2007, albeit on a smaller scale in terms of the number of flats; the previous permission, which has been implemented, had 135 fewer apartments.
Trafford Council planners have said its committee meeting next week should be minded to grant the proposals, with some issues hinging on the lack of affordable homes.
Planners suggest this could be mitigated by a Section 106 agreement featuring an off-site affordable homes contribution of £1.4m. The Section 106 agreement could also include contributions of £361,000 towards public open space.
Part of the recommendation also hinges on setting out a refreshed masterplan for the remaining part of Pomona Island, which is owned by Peel Holdings. Peel will be required to put forward an updated plan for the site, which is due to come forward before any further development on Pomona Island can be proposed. This is expected within a year.
The committee will make a decision on the proposals at a meeting on Thursday 10 January.
The professional team on the project also includes planner Turley, WSP, Hydrock, GIA, and ESL.