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Unanimous approval for Pendleton affordable homes 

Donard Living’s 268-home project will see the site of the former Buzz Bingo Hall close to Salford Shopping Centre redeveloped. 

Salford City Council’s planning committee unanimously backed the 100% affordable development, known as Albion Court. 

Cllr John Warmisham said the homes are “much-needed”, adding that the development is a “higher quality than we usually see in the inner city, where people are desperate for properties.” 

Donard’s development, located on the corner of Hankinson Way and Belvedere Road, will deliver 117 one-bedroom apartments, 137 with two bedrooms, 10 three-bedroom flats and a quartet of three-bedroom maisonettes.   

All of the homes would be available for affordable rent. 

“We’re delighted to have received approval from Salford City Council,” said Paul Thornton, a spokesperson for Donard Living. “This significant investment will provide high-quality affordable accommodation for Pendleton and we welcome the positive comments received from [planning committee] members. 

Work is expected to begin on the scheme in early 2023. 

POD Architects designed the scheme and Euan Kellie Property Solutions advised on planning. 

The project team for the Salford development includes Hoare Lea, Layer.studio, SK Transport Planning, E3P, Currie & Brown and Hydrock. 

Donard Living is developing a similar scheme in Bristol where it plans to develop 244 homes on the former Bart Ingredients site off York Road.   

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Pendleton is the perfect area which could draw vast numbers of young professionals and affluent individuals should the right investment be put towards it. It could be Salfords very own Altrincham – I hope developers and investors read this comment.

By Verticality

Salford is again leading while Manchester City Council follows. Behind on the Bee Network, behind on council housing (with balconies!), behind on public realm, trees, renewables, and clean streets. As a Manc, it’s sad to see Salford, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle etc. performing better on a lot of the core placemaking functions. We shouldn’t get complacent on liveability, just because our office/resi market is stronger.

By Salford

Much needed in this area and hopefully it will be a springboard to other projects in the area because this part of salford is looking very tired and in need of investment.

By Swintonred

Manchester Council will have probably rejected this because we can’t have buildings taller than two storeys in the suburbs now can we

By Anonymous

Ha ha, it’s a few flats built on an old bingo hall, let’s not get carried away. The day Pendleton turns into Altrincham I shall enjoy the view of those porcine herds as they fly by the windows of Briar Hill court!

By Porky

Yeah it’s rough as anything round here but there is a lot of potential . It’s a compact town centre right next to Manchester and the quays. If you can take it with a pinch of salt the retail area is pretty fantastic really.
Once the wider masterplan comes forward including the Metrolink, pedestrianisation of the A6, redevelopment along the corridor and rail station it’s going to be a pretty exciting place to be. The new resi estates around Pendleton sell in an instant. I’ve mostly loved living near here for the past few years but definitely looking forward to seeing what’s in store.

By Anonymous

Balconies galore! Best development ever

By Balcony warrior

Good looking development.

By Digbuth O'Hooligan

@Porky – and that is the exact ‘loser’ mindset and mentality which has prevented Pendleton from developing previously. As mentioned before there is so much potential around here, a makeover to the existing precinct similar to what is going on over at the Stretford Mall, a tram and development over the barren land at the park opposite the Lidl and this place will be a thriving community. Attract the young professionals first and the hip bars, cafes, shops and restaurants will follow!

By Realist

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