East Boothstown in Salford, Peel Land, p Lexington

Hope Architects designed the outline project for Peel Land at Boothstown. Credit: via Lexington

Peel shrinks Salford resi ambitions

Reducing the proposal’s density, Peel Land has withdrawn its 2023 application for 350 homes in Boothstown and replaced it with one that calls for 295.

The 74-acre plot off Leigh Road is allocated for housing in Places for Everyone, but had proven contentious with local residents who were concerned about the scale of the development on land that was, at the time, Green Belt. With the adoption of Places for Everyone earlier this year, that Green Belt status has been removed.

Like before, Hope Architects has drawn up the proposals for Peel Land for the site. Northstone, which had initially been involved as a housing development partner, is no longer part of the outline planning portion of project. Peel Land will be seeking a developer to help craft a more detailed vision for the site in due course.

While the number of homes has been reduced, Peel said it would maintain a 50% affordable housing provision delivered through a mixture of on-site homes and off-site contributions.

Also unchanged, Peel’s intention to build public play areas, create active travel routes to the nearby RHS Garden Bridgewater, and enhance Shaw Brook.

“We have reflected on feedback from Salford City Council and the local community and made changes to ensure the scheme delivers for the local area,” said a Peel spokesperson.

“These plans reflect our commitment to creating a vibrant, sustainable community that will be one of the most exciting, greenest, inclusive, new developments in Salford and Greater Manchester.”

The application is an outline one, with more details to be shared at a later date. The application has not yet appeared on the Salford City Council planning portal.

In addition to Hope Architects, the project team includes planner Turley, transport expert TTHC, landscape architect Gillespies, engineer Ironside Farrar, ecologist TEP, strategic comms adviser Lexington, and Brookbanks.

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In all fairness to objectors, the east lancs. isn’t adequate to support existing demand, largely a consequence of no public transport alternatives – it’s not too easy accessing the guided busway & it’s not much of a panacea.
North West GM could support so much more housing if there was some basic rail investment

By Anonymous

Besides the fact that there is little green belt in the area it is impractical to even contemplate building 295 houses exiting onto Leigh Road which leads to Junction 13 on the M60. Junction 13 is mentioned nearly every day as to traffic chaos. Having lived on Leigh Road, opposite the RHS entrance for almost 40 years I am aware of the increasing havoc on this road. Sometimes we are trapped in our house by standing traffic, so can you imagine another potential 600 cars trying to navigate on and off this road.
Peel, in my opinion, very cleverly allowed the RHS to build in this green belt area so that they would put in the infrastructure to, at a later date , put in this planning permission. However RHS told me that they had reduced their car parking space as they would not build over peat. Are the council going to allow an application to build over peat as the land has a lot of peat and lets not forget that wildlife ie deer was removed from this area to accommodate the RHS. Some of who were shot. Lets try and keep this and other green belt areas for people to enjoy to walk their dogs and for people to view for their wellbeing. Thank you.

By Gerald Gray

This project will destroy the landscape of worsley. To remove the greenbelt status should be unlawful and is disgusting. There is no consideration how it will effect the community in regard to traffic, schooling GP surgery.

By Anonymous

The people of Salford don’t want more houses

By Anonymous

No mention of the increased congestion in the area peel developments have already caused major road problems at parr bridge /mosley common with the development there

By Dave boothstown

Posh people don’t like houses built in their green belt

By Mark

‘ Posh people’ ? That would be people. No, people don’t like houses being built on ‘Greenbelt’ . But there are many good reasons, look for Chat Moss for instance ..reading is required though as is much thinking. It’s not because they’re’ Posh’ though 😂.

By Anonymous

Absolute madness if this gets passed. Immediate infrastructure cannot sustain such a development, as anyone who has travelled past Leigh Road in the morning will attest. That’s before you discuss the green belt.

I dont live in Boothstown but believe this use to be a quaint little village with lots of green spaces, this development will transform that.

By Anonymous

Refreshing to see a single family housing proposal which doesn’t all look identical to the slop being served up by major housebuilders since the mid-1990s

By Anonymous

Yikes, the Eccles interchange and Worsley roundabout already at a standstill some mornings. I can hardly squeeze my bike through as it is. Still as long as they are ‘sustainable’ and ‘affordable ‘ or at least the marketing is we’ll all be fine.

By Anonymous

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