Surprise refusal for Furness Quay rebuild
Fortis Developments said that it will be appealing against Salford City Council’s surprise refusal of its plans for a residential rebuild of Furness Quay, after councillors rejected the scheme yesterday due to issues with height and lack of green space.
The proposals were for the office-to-residential conversion of Furness House and Custom House, adding six storeys and four storeys respectively.
There were also plans for two new-build blocks, totalling 13 storeys and 27 storeys. Overall, the project totalled 593 homes, negotiated down by Salford City Council planners from an initial proposal of 750.
The scheme was recommended for approval ahead of the Salford planning committee yesterday, however was rejected following a discussion around how the height of development would overshadow nearby buildings. Criticism was also levelled at the lack of green space in the project, although the plans do include the creation of an avenue and parkland.
Kieran Moore, managing director of Fortis, said: “Fortis would like to express our huge disappointment and surprise by the decision to refuse the planning application at Furness Quay.
“We have worked closely with Salford planning officers for many months to produce a fantastic scheme that meets all the planning guidelines and regulations. The decision to refuse this application by the committee goes against everything that was submitted and agreed with the council’s planning officers who clearly recommended this application for approval in their report. Fortis will be appealing this decision and are confident in securing the necessary consent in the near future.”
Fortis is already working on another apartment scheme in Salford Quays, at Adelphi Wharf.