Mayor Paul Dennett had called for a redesign of the Ralli Quays plan. Credit: via planning documents

PLANNING | Ralli Quays rethink primed for go-ahead

Public access to the River Irwell path will now be maintained as part of Legal & General’s development, following design tweaks. Plans at MediaCity, Salford Central and Eccles are also likely to be approved next week.

The council had initially resolved to approve the plans by Legal & General to restrict access to part of the path along the River Irwell during and after its redevelopment of the site.

However, following a surge of opposition the Department for Transport announced a public inquiry, and the development team has now revisited its plans, which now require rubber-stamping at committee.

Salford City Council’s planning and transportation regulatory panel meets on Thursday 6 October with a packed agenda.

Recommended for approval


The project is the second tower Silverlane is developing in Eccles. Credit: via Jeffery Bell Architects

Developer: Silverlane Developments

Architect: Jeffrey Bell Architects

Planner: Iceni Projects

Silverlane, which is also working on a 23-storey scheme elsewhere in Eccles, intends to deliver a 256-apartment project over 25 storeys on the former Vauxhall dealership site at the junction of Albert Street and Peel Street. The site was previously put forward for a tower scheme by Cheshire Estates before Silverlane acquired the plot. Plans include 250 apartments and six townhouses.

The planning reference is 22/80150/FUL.


Sheppard Robson is the scheme’s architect. Credit: via Peel L&P

Developer: Peel Media

Architect: Sheppard Robson

Planner: NJL Consulting

Also recommended for approval is an 11-storey office building with ground floor commercial on the plot between the Holiday Inn and the Greenhouse, behind the BBC’s Dock House. The site currently houses parking and a multi-use games area. A triangular building is proposed for the site, bringing 312,000 sq ft of office space including 27,000 sq ft of co-working areas to the site. The project represents the first major development at MediaCity since Landsec bought into the Salford complex in 2021.

The planning reference is 22/80211/FUL.


Hawkins\Brown is the scheme’s architect. Credit: via Muse Developments

Developer: English Cities Fund

Architect: Hawkins\Brown

Planner: DPP

This is a reserved matters application for a 23-storey tower comprising 196 apartments. The site sits between Trinity Way and the River Irwell, at the western end of Stanley Street close to the new Ordsall Chord. The site had previously been used as a compound during the development of the Slate Yard at Plot C1, which is now complete. The development will include 88 one-bedroom apartments, 93 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom apartments.

The planning reference is 22/79867/REM.


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The scheme includes seven units. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Aviva Investors

Architect: SMR Architects

Planner: Turley

Plans by Aviva to create a last-mile delivery hub at the site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal were reported by Place North West in December 2021. The developer wants to build 230,400 sq ft of warehousing space on a site partly occupied at present by Algeco. Seven buildings are proposed, ranging in size from 9,500 sq ft to 83,500 sq ft.

The planning reference is 21/78769/FUL.


A public inquiry into the potential loss of part of the riverside footpath had been launched. Credit: via planning documents

Developer: Legal & General Investment Management

Architect: EPR Architects

Planner: DPP

A resolution to approve plans for the prominent waterfront site include a 212-bedroom 16-storey hotel and a 212,000 sq ft office building over 12 storeys was given in January, but following an outcry over a section of riverside path coming under “controlled access” – including city mayor Paul Dennett’s call for a redesign – it has returned to the development panel with alterations made.

The officers’ report stated: “Following further review and discussions the applicants are now proposing to retain public access down the steps to the riverside and as a result the alternative route that was previously proposed as mitigation is no longer required.

“The submitted plans have been amended to reflect this change and remove the gate to the top of the access steps. In addition, the structural elements of the undercroft along the riverside, including the pillars and retaining wall, have been updated. Management of this area will be the responsibility of the applicants.”

The planning reference is 21/78277/FUL.

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Council nearly allowed the privatisation of a public walkway until opposition forced the plans to change.

By Anonymous

With ‘riverside’-access the Irwell looks less like an abandoned canal. Surely this must be positive for place-making and therefore for property prices. Imagine if there were a few narrow linear gardens and benches on both side. I know … Dream on!

By James Yates

In respect of Ralli Quays, I’m interested to know what this means: “ the alternative route that was previously proposed as mitigation is no longer required.”

Is this the route that would have gone through the glazed, enclosed colonnade?

By Anonymous

That’s good news but it’s a bit shocking that this was nearly privatised. Without attempting to sound like a NIMBY, it’s shameful for everyone involved.

By Anonymous

Echo everyone’s comments. It came shockingly close council allowing it to being privatised. Saved by the people.
The river is quite embarrassing, it really needs a coordinated plan for a walking route all the way along.

By Anonymous

Looking at the plans though it appears the path is a dead end? Presume no plans to link it up to New Quay Street. So not sure how much of a win this really is

By Anonymous

It’s encouraging that the public view is being heeded. Now to get the river walk opened the other side of the bridge.

By Anonymous

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