Cross Lane student Q Developments p.planning docs

Broadway Malyan is leading on design. Credit: via planning documents

Q’s 27-storey Salford student tower to progress 

London-based Q Developments wants to knock down the former McDonald’s regional head office on Cross Lane and build a 538-bedroom scheme. 

Salford City Council’s planning committee will meet next Thursday to run the rule over the 27-storey scheme, which is located close to Salford Crescent train station and falls within the £2.5bn Crescent masterplan. 

The authority’s planning officers have recommended the project for approval, stating in a report that the scheme would make a “substantial contribution towards addressing the significant need for additional purpose-built student accommodation within this part of the city, supporting its role as a centre of learning, knowledge and development”. 

Analysis by Knight Frank demonstrates a need for student accommodation in Salford and calculates that there are currently 3.2 students per PBSA bed in the city, taking into account a pipeline of 2,125 beds.  

In addition, “full-time students in Salford, based on historic trends, are projected to rise by over 17% over the next five years,” the report states. 

Designed by Broadway Malyan, Q Development’s Salford Steps comprises a single 27-storey tower with a 19-storey shoulder block. Earlier proposals for the scheme outlined plans for a 40-storey tower on the site.  

However, the height of the development was scaled back during pre-application discussions. 

A draft Section 106 agreement that would see Q contribute more than £1m towards local infrastructure and projects is in place should the project be approved. 

The Crescent masterplan features outline proposals for a second residential tower next to Q’s site on a plot currently occupied by a McDonald’s restaurant.  

The former McDonald’s head office has been vacant since 2020.   

DPP is the planning consultant advising Q. To learn more about the project, search for reference number 23/81201/FUL on Salford City Council’s planning portal. 


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I live on the housing estate next to were this if it goes ahead will be built there are at lest 10 Houses this will overlook and overshadow those house in summer you will not be able to sit in your own garden or live windows open due to the noise from these flats I’ve previously lived near flats occupied by students and its no fun there idea of coming and going is from 23.00 to 6am which isn’t the best when your up Monday to Friday for 5am for work

By Steven booth

For a prime plot like this in Salford I would expect it to be at least 50 storeys

By Giant Skyscraper Fan

I live near here and think this will be a great addition – it will give students somewhere decent to live and also free up some of the housing they currently occupy, which can then be used as much needed homes for young local families looking to get on the property ladder.

By Pendleton

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