Salford seeks feedback on Crescent masterplan

Businesses and members of the public are invited to contribute to the future of the Salford Crescent area, following the opening of consultation on a £2.5bn masterplan.

A new draft development framework was announced earlier this month, following the earlier appointment of English Cities Fund as development partner by Salford City Council and The University of Salford.

ECF, a joint venture between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse Developments, is looking to take forward a 240-acre major regeneration programme to be delivered over the next 20 years.

The masterplan breaks down the site into six zones: the Transport Hub and Parks & River area joining zones promoted in a 2018 draft, namely the Innovation Zone, Peel Park Campus, The Crescent and the Adelphi Village, the latter two of which would be residential-led.

That earlier draft, prepared by 5plus Architects, was never formally adopted, bringing about the need for a refreshed masterplan.

Further details on the make-up and general intentions of the masterplan’s different zones can be viewed on the consultation website.

Consultation opened on 20 October and will run until 1 December.

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The plans need to include an enlarged station at Salford Crescent. Its a total bottle neck for trains coming from Bolton, Preston, Wigan and beyond.

By Anonymous

Will the residential areas be affordable housing?

By Denis Birchall

If the region is serious about public transport, they need to keep land to allow Salford Crescent station to be enlarged four-fold.

By Big Dub

Looking forward for all this been done its well Improve all the Area

By Wayne tomlinson

No I cant even get a house I’m disabled the house I’m in is not suitable for me I cant get a flat or house to suite my disability what s going on

By Mark murphy

I think development of this site between the crescent and the train tracks is overdue.

The issue is firstly having all the same bland boring buildings will not improve the area. Why not try to have a big striking building such as the shard (in London). By having a unique building we offer Something that attracts visitors to the region for example the shard viewing platform gets many visitors every day. It is a successful development because it is unique! Not bland unoriginal as in the drawing outlined above.

Also how about putting something in place which forbids the sale of apartments and whole projects to far Eastern buyers.
This should be banned.

We need to focus on allowing and promoting local citizens who have paid council tax and worked all their lives but are priced out of a market.
This is where the problem lies.

By David - salford. Born in hope

I and probably tens of thousands of others in Salford am sickened by the imposition of infrequently populated bus lanes and empty cycle lanes on busy arterial road routes. If economic, frequent, convenient, integrated, clean, safe public transport was available it would be used by the majority, but it isn’t and for many cars are the only practical alternative to drop the kids off at school then get to work then visit clients then get back to pick the kids up and many individual variations on this theme. The planned inconvenience and orchestrated congestion does not persuade people to use public transport that doesn’t fit with their busy lives. Acceptable universal public transport may still be decades away and until it is available stop making people commutes and lives more difficult and stressful than they need to be…..

By Barrie Benson

First two comments – Errrr read the document to see the massive station improvements being proposed!

By Anom

There needs to be more room for the train station to expand so it can act as a valuable transport link to the area

By Alfie

Is there still going to be a little shop there for me to buy me ciggies?

By Nana Kelsey

I’m pretty happy with the plans.
The area around the train station is ambitious, this will need to be high quality and well thought out for it to work well though.
That area isn’t just a bottleneck for trains, it’s overcrowded for all modes of travel. The A6 cuts everything in half because it’s so busy and cycling along that route is very intimidating. Introducing open space and having cycle routes along both the northern and southern sections of the whole Crescent area is a welcome addition.
While some green space has been lost in this area in recent years, in particular Peel Park, this seems to make up for it slightly. Peel Park is a secret gem and it should be preserved as much as possible from now on, which is acknowledged.
The river park/path also looks impressive, although if I’m honest they should be doing this along the entire Irwell from now on as a minimum in order to provide continuous traffic free links to the other locations along its route.
Some of the new housing round there, including the townhouses overlooking Peel Park/The Meadows and of course Timekeepers Square is fantastic. The whole area is a massive improvement compared to what it used to be when I was growing up. They’ve created a vibrant urban community that also feels like a natural extension to the city centre. When you’re walking around Peel Park you don’t feel like you’re 5 mins from the bars along Chapel St and Manc City Centre isn’t much further.
The Metrolink extension is also welcome. As far as I know the exact route is still to be determined, but if they linked the Precinct up between Crescent and Media City then this would be ideal for those who reside around the Salford Quay/Media City and want to access the Precinct.
It may also act as a catalyst for the wider Precinct area given it looks like a bit of a hell hole, although it’s actually great for shopping and has a lot of potential as other housing schemes come forward around the area.
I am wondering if they will be linking the met up to the city centre? Seems like a bit of a shame to cut it off so close, almost criminal. Overall I’m glad this area is getting attention though as it’s already made a lot of progress and it’s become one of the best parts of the city region.

By Anonymous

Love these proposals. Salford born and bred here. Seems that the council and the mayor are afraid of development and they see what they call “gentrification” as a negative. Salford has massively missed out on what Manchester has achieved and it’s all about the local leaders attitude. Like, or not like what Manchester has done, they’ve created their own market for jobs and investment and reputation. Salford already has half the job done for them and can easily get off on the back of Manchesters success. Chapel st, Adelphi, The Crescent, Peel Park etc could be amazingly vibrant areas with opportunities for everyone. This could easily be the best part of Salford and give Manchester City centre a run for its money. Hope ECF get stuck in quickly. Watch this space!

By Local Resident

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