Partners join forces for ‘ambitious and accelerated’ Salford regen
Homes England, the city council, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority are to establish a forum alongside private sector partners to deliver at least 67,000 homes over the next two decades and “supercharge” regeneration across the city.
Following a period of significant growth over the last five years, which has seen the delivery of 14,500 homes and 2.3m sq ft of commercial space across the city, Salford City Council recognises it must do more to keep pace with the needs of a growing population.
As a result, the authority has identified a new model of partnership working “setting out an even more ambitious and accelerated regeneration programme”, according to the city council.
It is hoped the regeneration forum will bring together key public sector stakeholders and private sector partners in a coordinated way and “supercharge and prioritise support for the council and the city”, a GMCA report on the formation of the forum states.
A Salford City Council spokesperson said, “Taking stock of the successful development and regeneration that has taken place across Salford in the last 20 years, the council, alongside its important public sector partners the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Homes England, have identified a new way of working and have proposed the formation of a new Strategic Regeneration Partnership for the city.
“The partnership will help to increase the quality, pace and scale of housing delivery and placemaking in the city, in turn helping to build local community wealth and growing the social economy. It will mean that Salford is ready and open for future regeneration and development with a robust business mechanism in place to deliver.”
Salford, GMCA, and Homes England are to sign a memorandum of understanding that sets out the principles of the partnership, namely to identify and unlock opportunities to deliver growth and regeneration in Salford.
With Salford Central, Salford Crescent, and MediaCity already very much in the city council’s regeneration crosshairs, the next wave of projects could see areas such as Eccles and Swinton town centres, and Liverpool Street benefit from the city’s pursuit of growth.
The city council is in talks with private sector developers to be part of the new model as strategic regeneration partners.
The private sector partners, due to be announced later this year, will deliver projects in line with the city council’s regeneration objectives and social values as set out in the Salford Way, the authority’s strategy for inclusive growth across the city.
Salford City Council alone will be responsible for appointing development partners and will do so by way of individual overarching partnering agreements for each project.
As well as housing and employment schemes, the regeneration forum will also drive infrastructure projects, such as linking the Salford Crescent innovation zone with MediaCity by Metrolink.
The forum is the latest place-focused delivery vehicle supported by the combined authority. Others include Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation and Atom Valley Board.
An MDC model was considered for Salford but it was decided that a bespoke forum was the best option for the city.