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JC Design Architecture is behind the plans. Credit: via planning documents

Rejection for Salford rehab facility

Concerns about the potential for damage to “community stability and social cohesion” were among the reasons the authority gave for refusing permission for the Great Cheetham Street West scheme.

Salford City Council has rejected plans for a three-storey rehabilitation facility on the corner of Great Cheetham Street West and Great Clowes Street, opposite Albert Park.

Proposals for the scheme were lodged by Albert Park House in December and featured 26 rooms within a complex offering detox services to individuals struggling with addiction issues.

Despite noble intentions, the city council was not satisfied with the project.

Planners said the scheme’s “pastiche” design would not “satisfactorily preserve the setting of a nearby grade two-listed building”. In addition, concerns were raised about the amount of natural light some rooms would benefit from.

The development also fell foul of the city council’s policy H10, which provides guidance around HMOs.

The decision notice handed down for the rehab project said the scheme would “not contribute to a balanced mix of residential properties within the local area”.

It continued: “On the contrary, it would erode the existing mix and would undermine the aim to maintain sustainable urban neighbourhoods.

“The proposal would also likely result in issues related to high population turnover levels that risks reducing community stability and social cohesion.”

Mialex is the planning consultant for the scheme. The project team also includes Axis, Civic Engineers, Rachel Hacking Ecology, GroundTech, Ascerta, and Miller Goodall.

To learn more about the plans, search for application number 23/82326/FUL on Salford City Council’s planning portal.

The rehab facility was the third scheme proposed for the site in recent years.

Previous plans to redevelop the plot were submitted in 2020 to replace the current apartment block with a new five-storey residential building. However, this application was withdrawn due to officer concerns regarding the scale of the development.

A revised application proposing the construction of a four-storey apartment block was subsequently refused for the same reason.

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Really strange that the same authority has recently allowed an 18 story block of apartments when they once said a 9 story apartment block in the adjacent area was both over development and out of place! Also high rents only meaning even more destabilisation of the local community and neighbourhood? Seems to me the Planning authority is picking and choosing what they think suits them best rather than a clear application of their own policies? IE Millions of £’s in Council Tax? Or is it because the aoplicant has a lot more money and much more likely to pursue and appeal?

By Graham Donning

I must be missing something. In a completely non-confrontational way out of genuine curiosity can someone tell me what would be the ideal area for such a facility?

By Anonymous

We dont want no rehab near my house, No! No! No! And aldermen and alderwomen do what residents want.

By Anonymous

Good news for local residents, common sense prevails


Nimbism again and again this facility would be a great start to helping those unfortunate enough to be gripped with alcohol and drugs and get them back from these very destructive habits. There is not enough being done to help the young who fall foul of this awful epidemic. Get off your high horses you mean and selfish individuals and get doing something worth while

By Anonymous

Surely having rehabilitation facilities allows for better community stability and social cohesion ? They just don’t want them on their doorstep ‘eroding the mix of sustainable urban neighbourhoods’. Close to May elections…

By E MacColl

The issues are firstly that a developer was seeking to demolish a large family home, which has been left to decay in an a community with particular demand for large family homes so presumably on purpose, which still makes a positive contribution to a fairly non-descript townscape. And secondly that there are already a number of such facilities in the immediate area, so it’s actually quite unfair to keep putting them in the same community.

By Dirty O'Town

The councils report makes no sense, now they’ve rejected another proposal here it will just be derelict and full of druggies for another decade.

By Nigel

Typical Labour Salford rejecting any opportunity for private businesses to bring money into the area or make anything better, rather blame it on the Tories. Always complaining. Theyde rather a street of HMOs voting labour and being subsidized by the government.

By ChrisF

Why turn down a community asset for a few design flaws. Easy tweak to get an important building in place of something derelict

By Anonymous

The council and the neighbours could of benefited from a very nice design and properly run quite and discrete “wellness” Rehab but the council said No No No

By A. T

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