Hannover Court Salford p.Google Earth Studio snapshot

The site has been vacant since 2005. Credit: Google Earth

Salford to dispose of land for Jewish community centre 

The long-vacant site of the former Hanover Court residential block in Broughton is to be offloaded by the council to a local community group. 

Located off Bury New Road, the plot has been vacant since 2005 when the 16-storey building was demolished. 

Now, proposals have emerged from a local group to create a multi-purpose community hub on the site.

It is proposed that Ezra Care, a local charity that provides various services for the Jewish community, will be the anchor tenant of the community centre. 

As well as the hub, up to 23 specialist housing units could be brought forward.

The scheme would be “built to the specific requirements of Jewish residents”, according to a report to Salford City Council’s property and regeneration committee. 

Heads of terms for a 250-year lease have now been provisionally agreed. The committee is recommended to approve the lease and disposal when it meets next week. 

The site is allocated as a housing asset, and the authority confirmed in the report that a residential scheme would generate the highest capital receipt for the site. 

However, the rapid growth of the Jewish population in Salford – an increase of 48% since 2011 – has presented a need for more infrastructure. 

“The area of Higher Broughton has a high concentration of the Charedi Jewish Community (also referred as strictly observant),” the report states. 

“The Charedi community has a high number of large families and would prefer to use internal community services rather than mainstream providers. This includes shops, health and medical services, early years’ childcare, youth services and educational settings.” 

Beis Yaakov High School, located next door to the site, had previously expressed an interest in acquiring the land to facilitate an expansion. 

However, “a deliverable proposition did not come to fruition”, the report states. 

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Not the most thrilling of developments but does lead the way for a brownfield site to be used, seems like a good use for the area as well.


This is sad that Brentnall Primary school want that land a few years back and couldn’t get it….

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