PLANNING | Burgess Farm and New Bailey win approval

Controversial plans for 209 homes at Burgess Farm, a 23-storey tower at New Bailey, and apartments on Eccles New Road have all been granted approval by Salford City Council.


Land off Hilton Lane/Burgess Farm

Bellway Walkden May 2019

Developer: Bellway

Homes: 209

Planner: WSP | Indigo

The developer has managed to win over the planning committee, after its initial plans for the site were refused in July against officer recommendation.

The 16-acre plot at Burgess Farm, which was bought by Bellway from the council around four years ago, was formerly used as rugby and football pitches by St George’s High School in the 1980s and 1990s. The housebuilder is proposing to build up to 209 homes.

While the committee had refused the scheme in July, the housebuilder wasted no time in resubmitting a planning application in late August, while simultaneously launching an appeal against the refusal.

The latest iteration of the plans secured backing of the committee at last week’s meeting, despite pushback from some local councillors again over the impact on traffic and wildlife. The updated planning application includes a series of amendments designed to placate the council, including the creation of landscape buffer to serve as a wildlife corridor along the southern and eastern boundaries of the site.

Plot C1 and C2, New Bailey

Salford Central CG 2

Developer: English Cities Fund

Homes: 211

ECF’s reserved matters application for the site at New Bailey was also granted approval. The plots cover the southern side of Trinity Way next to the Slate Yard and include a six-storey podium block and a 23-storey tower of 86 one-bedroom apartments and 125 two-bedroom apartments.

A further 23-storey tower is also planned, to be linked to the six-storey podium. Plans also include cycle and walkways to link the Irwell towpath and Princes Bridge crossing into the wider New Bailey site.

621 Eccles New Road

Eccles New Road Apartments

Developer: Yu Group

Homes: 140

Offices: 12,000 sq ft

Architect: KDP

Planner: Zerum

Yu Group’s resubmission of a previous scheme for apartments and live/work units was also approved by the council’s planning committee.

The plans, which cover a plot to the south of Eccles New Road, were brought forward in 2018 but officers argued these would be “unsuitable for reasons of design, quantity of parking, and the functionality of the B1 [office] use”. This application was subsequently withdrawn.

Under the amended proposals, Yu Group is planning to build a part-nine, part-six storey building will include a mix of units, primarily one and two-beds. Compared to the previous proposals, the number of apartments has been increased to 140 from 107.

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