Pendleton Parkside Lovell Together p.via Barton Willmore now Stantec

The new homes will overlook Clarendon Park. Credit: via Barton Willmore now Stantec

Next phase of Pendleton regeneration mapped out 

The construction of 450 homes and delivery of a revamped Clarendon Park are the next projects to come forward at the former High Street estate in Salford. 

SP+, Lovell Partnerships, and Together Housing have drawn up proposals to redevelop a swathe of the former Pendleton estate between Churchill Way and Liverpool Street. 

The 450 homes planned would be a mix of houses and apartments with one-to-four bedrooms. 

The developers have earmarked 30% of the properties to be available on affordable tenures. 

A key part of the proposals is the rejuvenation of Clarendon Park. Under the consortium’s plans, the park would be improved through additional planting, improvements to the public realm, and the creation of an all-weather 5-a-side pitch and a skate park. 

A public consultation on the plans is due to begin tomorrow and an exhibition is being held at the Pendleton Gateway Centre on 30 March 2023. 

Tahreen Shad, regional partnerships director for Lovell Partnerships, said: “The launch of the public consultation for this development is a key milestone in the ongoing regeneration of Pendleton, and we are excited to unveil the plans for this exciting project. 

“Where we have got to date is a testament to the strong relationship and partnership that Lovell has made with Salford City Council, SP+ and Pendleton Together. We look forward to receiving feedback on the proposals and continuing to work with the city council to bring these plans to life.” 

The project team for the scheme is being led by Barton Willmore, now Stantec, which is advising on planning and design. 

Steven Whitehouse, urban design associate director at Barton Willmore, now Stantec said the scheme “celebrates Salford’s historic townscape qualities” while also achieving modern living standards. 

“At the heart of the development, Clarendon Park has been reimagined to improve safety and to provide new play and recreation facilities, alongside allotments, enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes, and new planting to supplement retained trees.” 

Eddisons, Strategic Sports Consultancy, and Amenity Tree are also advising SP+, Lovell Partnerships, and Together Housing on the project. 

The scheme is the latest phase of the ongoing regeneration of Pendleton, which aims to deliver 3,000 new and refurbished properties in the area following the demolition of around 800 former council houses. 

At present, work is underway to deliver phase three, the 344-home Spinners Quarter, located south of Liverpool Street. Meanwhile, plans for a replacement for Clarendon Leisure Centre are also in the works. 

However, Salford City Council paused proposals for a £16m new-build leisure facility last year due to cost increases. 

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I am all for new houses, especially good quality, and this area so close to Salford centre and close to Manchester should be a prime location. But after years of neglect this area is deprived. No new leisure centre, nothing for young families to do or young professionals. It’s no good building shiny new houses in the place of others if the fundamentals of why that area is deprived are not addressed. Kids roam about with nothing else to do because there are no facilities specifically for them.

By Anonymous

There were reports on local news, that this park is not safe. As Anonymous said, it is pointless building what appear to be nice houses, if the fundamentals of an area do not work.

By Elephant

Tell me you haven’t been to Pendleton without telling me you haven’t been to Pendleton @Anon (4:57) & @Elephant. These houses are fine and will be a grand asset to Pendleton. I am a resident of the area and would love to see these being built in the space that is currently derelict land. I ask those who comment to actually visit the area first before giving an uneducated opinion. Thanks

By Pendletonian

To those people questioning why building nice new houses in an undesirable area is a good idea: investing into an area, building houses which attract new people, and providing more footfall to local businesses WILL in itself help to regenerate the area. It’s no use building a leisure centre, doctors, nurseries etc when the surrounding population is fairly sparse. Building new homes in the area will increase demand for new shops, public services, leisure centres etc and then it becomes a virtuous cycle. We have seen this occur in the city centre, Salford Quays, other parts of Manchester and indeed in cities all around the world. It will be no different for Pendleton.

Plans look good, can’t wait to see more.

By Anonymous

@Pendeltonian – I frequent this area quite a lot and I will be honest with you – it’s not a nice area at all. I wouldn’t feel safe walking round there at night. Like I said; nice houses are fine but if there is no investment in community amenities then it will just repeat itself as the old estate did and fall into a cycle of depravity. Give it 5-10 years after it’s built and we will see the outcome of it.

By Anonymous

It doesn’t work, there are newish houses built all over north/east Manchester and Salford. Usually it’s young professionals and post grads who move in but they always leave when they have kids and rarely use the local areas for anything, they just drive to and from their houses, locals resent them and they are afraid of the locals.

By DH

Pendletonian. I am not slating Pendleton. I worked in Salford Precinct in the 80s and have many happy memories of the place and the people. I know it as well as you probably. However, the locals said that they do not feel safe in that park. That does not mean everyone in Pendleton is a violent criminal.

By Elephant

They would look even better with first and second floor balconies

By Balcony Warrior

To those saying ‘don’t build nice houses in an area with deprivation where people don’t always feel safe’, I’m curious what the alternative is, other than leaving thing as they are (which presumably is not what people who don’t feel safe in their local area want)?

There are some assumptions being made about who will live in the ‘nice homes’, I think – ie that it won’t be ‘the locals’. Maybe this could be addressed by increasing the proportion of the homes which are affordable tenures, or through some other incentive for people to stay in the area? Presumably the intention of the regeneration is to make the area nicer for the people of Pendleton, after all, rather than just to have something nicer to look at in the gap between Chapel Street and the Quays.

By Salfordian

All very well building new properties but the extra influx of people moving in causes a few major problems. No new doctors or dentist surgeries(waiting lists are closed in existing ones) no new retail stores(Salford precinct is losing stores by the week). If you average 3 people per home that’s 1350 new occupiers minimum in a small area, where are they going to go for dental and doctors etc, oh and schools

By Mike

This looks to be a great example of urban planning – terrace typology with good crisp detailing. All overlooking a park so providing natural surveillance.

The city’s earlier Timekeepers’ Square has set a genuine precedent.

By SW

Looks good. Nice simple layout and some potentially high quality green space as a central focus. Would be interested to know more about the strategy for SuDS and drainage. One concern is that I’d worry about parking my car in a rear parking court with zero overlooking, whatever area it was in!

By Anonymous

Yes Anon @ 8:33 I’m not sure the parking courts at Lower Broughton have been too successful

By Anonymous

No mention of where all the new children, who will presumably accompany these homes and families, will go to school. In an area where school places are already scarce, and schools are struggling, it looks poorly thought out out to me. The closest school has had its field closed for 3 years now, whilst the council “investigates” a problem, but fails to fix it. Maybe invest in what’s there, before increasing the pressures?

By Anonymous

Well theyve started and you should see the state of Windsor field, thought they were meant to be keeping lots of existing trees there! Well as of today they have almost demolished all of them, absolute mess and now all we can see is the concrete jungle that they’re about to add more to! Fuming!! Build new houses by all means but why couldn’t you leave some of the nice greenery along the rds!!

By Angry

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