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Decision - Crescent - Site Business Plan and Development Agreement for Salford Rise

Decision details, crescent - site business plan and development agreement for salford rise.

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

I Councillor Tracy Kelly, Deputy City Mayor , in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

1.     Note and endorse the Site Business Plan and Development Agreement for Salford Rise.

2.     Give delegated authority to the Strategic Director, Place, and the Assistant Director, Regeneration, to approve the Site Business Plan for Salford Rise, and agree the relevant conditions associated with the approval with the English Cities Fund and the University of Salford to enable the project to be brought forward for delivery.

3.     Give delegated authority for the Strategic Director, Place, City Solicitor, Chief Finance Officer and the Assistant Director, Regeneration, to enter into a Development Agreement with ECF and negotiate all financial, commercial and contractual documents and arrangements with ECF associated with the delivery of the Salford Rise project.

4.     Authorise the City Solicitor to enter into and complete all necessary agreements or documents to give effect to the above recommendations.

The Reasons are this will allow for S alford City Council to enter into a development agreement with ECF (English Cities Fund) as Salford Rise related to the delivery of a key piece of infrastructure on Council owned land, rather than development on a site which would be drawn down by ECF. In this instance, ECF would be appointed as Development Manager for Salford Rise, with the development agreement setting out the terms of this arrangement.

Assessment of Risk : Low

The source of funding: The council have successfully secured a levelling up grant £13.170m, which must be spent by March 2025. The fund is being administered via a Memorandum and Understanding (MOU) which was signed on the 8 th February. Approval to enter into a grant funding agreement with ECF for the provision of onward funding to a maximum sum of £13,710,933 was secured at Property and Regeneration Briefing on 28 th March 2022.  

Legal Advice obtained : Lauren Armstrong, Shared Legal Service

Financial Advice obtained : Natalie Birchall, Finance Manager

Procurement Advice obtained: Deborah Derbyshire, Category Manager Level 2, Procurement.

HR Advice: n/a

Climate Change advice: Dan Welsh, Principal Programme manager, Development Team

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

·          Report of the Strategic Director, Place, to Property and Regeneration Briefing (Approval of the Crescent Development Framework 2021), 25 th January 2021.

·          Report of the Strategic Director, Place, to Property and Regeneration Briefing (Approval of the Crescent Strategic Master Programme and Delivery Plan), 26 th April 2021.

·          Report of the Strategic Director, Place, to Property and Regeneration Briefing (Salford Rise - Approval to enter into a Grant Funding Agreement with English Cities Fund), 28 th March 2022

·          Report to Property/Regeneration Briefing 23 rd January 2023

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Daniel Welsh, Principal Programme manager, Development Team

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Signed: Councillor Tracy Kelly

Deputy City Mayor

Dated: 23 January 2023

*            This decision was published on 23 January 2023                                         

*            This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 30 January 2023                                                unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules

Publication date: 23/01/2023

Date of decision: 23/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 23/01/2023 - Property / Regeneration Briefing

Effective from: 31/01/2023

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Salford City Council Reapproves Schemes Ahead Of New Local Plan


Salford City Council has deemed that a 55-storey residential skyscraper, the mixed-use redevelopment of Ralli Quays and 256 apartments in Eccles all meet its 15-year spatial strategy.

The authority’s planning committee met to reconsider schemes previously approved in order to ensure that they adhere to policies set out in Salford ’s local plan, due to be adopted in January 2023.

One Heritage, One Albert Street and a mixed-use scheme at Ralli Quays were all reapproved, clearing the path for them to commence construction, subject to Section 106 agreements being signed,  Place North West reported.

The local plan, which will run until 2037, is due to be approved at a full Salford City Council meeting on 18 January. 

The 55-storey One Heritage Tower will be built on the corner of New Bridge Street in Salford’s Greengate district. Contractor Midgard has been appointed to build the 542-apartment project which, once complete, will be the tallest building in Salford at 173 metres high and the second-tallest in Greater Manchester behind Deansgate Square’s South Tower, which is 200 metres high.    

Plans for the tower were first approved in 2020 and amended proposals were given the green light last October. 

The 25-storey One Albert Street, designed by Jeffrey Bell Architects, will be built on the site of the former Vauxhall garage on the corner of Albert Street and Peel Street.  

Silverlane Developments, which is also behind plans for a 23-storey scheme elsewhere in Eccles, won approval for the scheme in October and is now progressing plans for a development comprising a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and six townhouses. 

Finally, Legal & General Investment Management wants to build a 280-bedroom hotel and a new 212K SF office next to the River Irwell in Salford. LGIM’s scheme will see the 80K SF Ralli Quays demolished and replaced with two new buildings.


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With all out elections across Salford for the first time since 2004, new wards, a Mayoral election and the election of our Greater Manchester Mayor - the time is now for change in Salford. 

Salford Council has been controlled by Labour for decades. Your Liberal Democrat candidates - from The Quays, to Claremont, Worsley and beyond - are working hard to change that. 

This is a once in a generation opportunity to change the politics of Salford for the better, and we're doing everything we can to give Salford Council the political diversity and local, liberal representation it desperately needs. Here are our five pledges to make Salford a better place to live. Elect Liberal Democrats to Salford Council on May 6th, and this is what you'll get...

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Labour is failing to build the affordable homes we desperately need.

The current definition of 'Affordable' housing is not actually affordable, and only a few of us manage to get onto the property ladder or find a rented space we can afford.

People have the right to access affordable, quality housing - and Liberal Democrats are committed to find developers who will build it.

But it's not enough to simply build housing - we want there to be space allocated for green spaces, independent businesses and local services like doctors surgeries or libraries.

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Building new homes does not have to mean compromising the fantastic green spaces throughout our city. The Liberal Democrats are running a #CleanUpTheQuays and a #CleanUpClaremont campaign that will reduce plastic pollution and create Local Nature Reserves. Our teams are already working with National and Local Charities to achieve this.

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Plan to build over Salford riverside footpath dropped after outcry

Developer amends Ralli Quays plans after criticism that right of way was being ‘sacrificed for private gain’

A developer has scrapped plans to divert a 300-year-old riverside footpath through a hotel lobby after public outcry that a right of way was being “stolen” and “sacrificed for private gain”.

Salford council came under huge public pressure last year after councillors granted planning permission to Legal & General (L&G) to close a towpath by the River Irwell to make way for an office complex and a 16-storey, 260-bed hotel.

After the Guardian picked up the story last summer, the mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, called for an urgent review of the decision, saying the default position should always be to protect public rights of way.

L&G has now amended its plans after meeting campaigners from the campaign group Our Irwell. It now guarantees that “from the hotel opening date the towpath shall be dedicated as highway for use by pedestrians for public access in perpetuity” and that the hotel will not open until “the route is open and available for use by the public.”

The contested path is in Salford’s rapidly gentrifying Blackfriars neighbourhood, right on the border with Manchester. It runs opposite the glitzy Spinningfields district, home to Manchester’s branch of the celebrity restaurant The Ivy and numerous financial and legal institutions.

Planning permission for the development was originally granted by Salford council in January 2022 despite strong objections.

Dr Morag Rose, a lecturer in urban geography who led the Our Irwell campaign, said the group was satisfied that the outcome was “the best possible solution under current planning legislation”.

She said: “We hope Ralli Quays can set a precedent to stop private developers stealing public land and blocking rights of way. The river is a vital part of our collective heritage and treasured by many in Salford, Manchester and beyond.

“The right to roam is a vital issue in urban areas as well as the countryside and we hope to build on this success. Ralli Quays is a small but significant stretch of land that demonstrates the importance and value of public space and access to nature for everyone.”

Another campaigner, Steven Lindsay, said: “I am delighted we seem to have managed to save access to our Irwell riverside walkway for future generations. Whilst it’s sad that the council seemed happy for it to be lost until people objected, and that it’s far too difficult for local residents to understand the planning processes and get involved, this is a great example of sense prevailing despite these issues.”

Simon Wilkes, head of development at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) Real Assets, commented: “We are delighted that following constructive engagement we have reached a positive result for all parties. Although the original application complied with official policy, it became clear that the position was not universally supported by some within the community. We understand that this is an important area for many local people, so we’re looking forward to progressing with our plans and delivering positive outcomes for the wider community.”

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Salford council bosses confirm plan to build more than 5,000 new homes by next year

This plan includes five of the Salford Council’s ‘Great Eight’ in their vision to create a ‘fairer, greener and healthier Salford’

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Salford City Council’s action plan for housing strategy was approved with their goal of bringing thousands more homes into the area still being prioritised.

The council’s objectives are to meet the rising demand for housing in the borough, maximise the development of new homes and to support the delivery of new and existing carbon neutral homes.

The total pipeline delivery of new homes by March 2023 as part of this long-term plan is estimated at 5179. This would include 700 new homes developed by registered providers for sale and private rent.

Read more: Fuming residents who 'can't park in front of their homes' slam new restrictions amid parking chaos

The council has continued to reinforce their commitment to affordable housing with over 1800 promised between April 2020 and March 2024.

Of these there will be 50 wheelchair accessible units

By March 2023:

- 358 new affordable homes are forecast to be delivered:

- Three per cent will be wheelchair accessible

In addition to this Derive RP are committed to deliver 129 high energy efficient homes between March 2022 – December 2022.

A report said: “Greater Manchester strategic goals for carbon neutral new and existing homes in the future, remain a serious challenge for all partners and the likelihood of not achieving the targets seems high without significant government intervention.

“Those challenges are financial, as well as knowledge and skills based.

“Partners are working together to develop shared learning to help skill up officers and housing providers are exploring what can realistically be achieved within existing finances, as well as how to access wider funding streams as they become available.”

This plan was approved at a recent cabinet meeting as the 2021/22 delivery plan comes to an end on March 31.

This plan includes five of the Salford Council’s ‘Great Eight’ in their vision to create a ‘fairer, greener and healthier Salford’.

‘The Great Eight’ are:

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Have you ever been to Salford Quays? Have you heard of it before? Salford Quays is in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. Before Salford Quays, this site was the location of the Manchester Docks. With the closure of the docks in 1982, Salford became the first and largest urban regeneration project in the UK. Read on to learn more about the history and regeneration of this bustling area!

History of Salford Quays

Salford is a city in Greater Manchester. Salford's history is long, with human activity dating back to the Stone Age. During the Industrial Revolution, Salford boomed due to the textile industry.

As a result of the Industrial Revolution and trade, the Manchester Ship Canal Company built the Manchester Docks, beginning in 1887. The docks comprised Salford Docks and Pomona Docks, with the former one being the larger of the 2. Queen Victoria opened these docks in 1894.

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The Manchester Docks were the 3rd busiest port in the UK at their height. Then, in the 1970s, containerisation happened. Containerisation meant that more goods could be transported at any one time, but it required larger ships. These ships could not navigate the canal, and the docks fell into decline. The docks ultimately closed in 1982, resulting in job losses for thousands of people, shattering the local economy, and the area becoming derelict.

Salford City Council purchased the docks in 1984, recognising the need to redevelop and regenerate the area, and in 1985 the Salford Quays Development Plan came to be, proposing a complete redevelopment for commercial, residential, and leisure use.

Salford Quays before regeneration

The Salford Docks, part of the Manchester Docks, was a thriving port during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This led to plenty of job opportunities, and large communities sprung up with the workers and their families.

The Salford Docks were made up of 4 large docks, numbered 9, 8, 7 and 6 (east to northeast). The last three were located off a turning basin, a large enough basin for ships to turn in any direction. Number 9 dock was the largest one in Salford and was opened in 1905 by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

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Business was booming, with main cargoes being cotton, grain and timber, and other commodities from around the world such as tea, fruit, live and frozen cattle, and oil. Up to 5,000 people worked at the docks at its height, with jobs being highly competitive.

Then things changed. Containerisation increased ship sizes which could no longer fit in the canal. This containerisation, combined with dock strikes, increasing aviation and motorway and railway systems, the docks fell into decline and eventually closed in 1982.

The closure of the docks led to heavy job losses, with about 3,000 people becoming unemployed. This had a massive socioeconomic impact:

The impact on the land and environment was also considerable. The land became derelict and contaminated, and the surrounding water was polluted and useless.

Salford Quays regeneration

When the docks closed in 1982, there were a lot of issues:

In 1984, the derelict Salford side of the canal was bought by the Salford council by using the derelict land grant. In May 1985, the Salford Quays Development Plan was adopted in order to redevelop the area.

The Salford Quays Development Plan

In order to start the regeneration , a development plan needed to be made. The plan aimed to reclaim water, roads and services:

The site would be 1/3 commercial use, 1/3 residential and 1/3 leisure. The government provided funding from the Urban Programme for regeneration .

The water quality was improved by separating the polluted water from the Ship Canal and installing a system that cleaned the water. They also created an inland waterway network, fish stocking took place, and two new canals and lock entrances were constructed for boats to navigate.

High-quality infrastructure was fundamental, so two new loop roads with services were designed to create access around the whole site, as well as a series of new road and pedestrian bridges were constructed.

Over 4 miles of safe accessible public walkways were created by using hard landscape and tree planting. They also created low jetties for water sports and boat mooring.

In terms of buildings, the following were created:

Even during these early stages, jobs were already being created so new employment was brought back to the area, with over 1,000 new permanent jobs by 1990.

After such a great start, the council realised that they needed to review the original plan. The review maintained the initial principles but also highlighted the following opportunities:

There were also opportunities for commercial development and design competitions.

The Salford Centre for the Performing Arts was proposed to be on pier 8.

1996 - 2005

The Lowry Project secured funding, and in April 1996, the project was handed to Salford City Council.

The building houses two theatres, galleries (including the world's largest L.S. Lowry collection), a hands-on interactive gallery, bars, café, restaurants and conference and hospitality facilities. The Lowry building opened as planned on 28 April 2000.

The Lowry plaza is a centralised place for people arriving at The Lowry via the bridge, road or on foot. It is surrounded by shops, cafes and The Lowry itself. The site even provided the finish for marathons, long-distance walks and triathlons during the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

The Lowry footbridge, also known as the Millennium Bridge , was also built, which created a link over the Manchester Ship Canal to Trafford, the site of the new Imperial War Museum North.

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Furthermore, Metrolink arrives and runs all the way to Eccles, and it creates greater accessibility to The Quays; The Alexandra and The Victoria buildings are built on Dock 9, along with other high-quality commercial developments; A number of restaurants are opened next to the Metrolink station; In 2000 the Salford Tourist Information Centre opened, but it was transferred to the Lowry in 2004; In 2002, the Imperial War Museum North opened.

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The Salford Watersports Centre was extended so it could accommodate facilities for Agecroft Rowing Club and community activities together with water management.

During these years, Salford Quays became a business district, an international tourism destination and a vibrant place to live.

Over these past 10 years, Salford Quays and Salford City have been a part of the regeneration of the Manchester Docks. Like Salford, the Manchester Docks was once a place where people just worked on the docks. The plan was to make the area as modern as Salford Quays, a plan that succeeded.

Consequences of the Salford Quays Development Plan

The development plan had several short and long-term consequences, both negative and positive:

One of the biggest moves to Salford Quays is that of MediaCityUK.

In 2003, the BBC was considering a move from London to Manchester. In 2006, they chose Salford Quays to relocate to. Construction started in 2007, and in May 2011, the BBC employees started their transfer to this site. There are no traditional street names in the development, instead, the main roads are coloured: blue, white, pink, orange, purple, and green. It is called MediaCityUK (figure 5).

With the transfer to Salford, the BBC estimated 1,800 jobs would relocate with them. Another 1,000 new jobs were created, generating more work for locals.

MediaCityUK is home to several buildings, such as the Quay House, which is the BBC's main building from where programs such as BBC Breakfast are broadcasted; Bridge House, where programs such as Mastermind and BBC Bitesize are produced; The Orange Tower, an 11-story building that houses departments from the University of Salford and staff from ITV Grenada.

The following tenants are located in MediaCityUK:

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Salford Quays regeneration problems

While the regeneration is considered an overall success, there were, and are, still issues.

When the docks closed in 1982, the land that was left behind was not only derelict but also heavily contaminated. Before any regeneration could even begin, this land had to be decontaminated. The surrounding housing area had fallen into major disrepair and there were significant socioeconomic problems, such as high unemployment rates and significant crime rates.

With the Salford Quays Development Plan also came the fact that many of the businesses that had still survived in the area had to be moved.

During the development and regeneration, many new jobs were created, bringing in more people, including immigrants, which created tension. The redevelopment also saw new housing being built, however, many of the houses are unaffordable to the less-than-wealthy people of Salford.

When the BBC relocated to Salford, there was a large influx of residents moving to the area. It took a few years for the infrastructure to keep up with the demand. The regeneration and development also brought with it an impact on the environment, with a lot of traffic and traffic congestion, leading to increased pollution. Despite these problems, many consider the regeneration of Salford Quays a success.

Salford Quays today

Salford Quays (figure 7) today is a major visitor attraction. There is the Lowry shopping mall, which includes a cinema, the Imperial War Museum, Old Trafford, art galleries, bars, restaurants and the Lowry Theatre. These places, along with the overall design of the area have increased tourism, which in turn increased the amount of money that has been invested into the area.

Transport and infrastructure have been greatly improved and due to good connections with Manchester city centre and beyond, work opportunities have gotten better as people could venture further away to find work. The social and economic benefits from Salford Quays have been felt throughout the Greater Manchester area and the North West in general.

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Living in Salford Quays

With the (re)development and (re)branding of Salford Quays, came better living standards. The city is named one of the 7 best places in Manchester to live. The modern city has been developed without destroying green spaces, making it one of the UK's greenest cities. You can enjoy the waterfront, and urban and rural living all at once. And with all of this, house prices are relatively affordable.

Furthermore, with the higher income due to greater employment opportunities, and places to go, crime and vandalism have reduced. Overall, the regeneration of Salford Quays has been deemed a success!

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In Salford, Greater Manchester

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After the closing of the Manchester Docks in 1982, the land was contaminated and derelict, the houses and communities were derelict, and unemployment was high

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It was the Manchester Docks

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When and why were the Manchester Docks built?

It was built in 1887 as a result of the Industrial Revolution and trade.

The Manchester Ship Canal Company.

Containerisation. This led to larger ships which could no longer navigate the canal.

What happened when the Manchester Docks closed?

Many jobs were lost, the economy was shattered, the area became derelict and the land was heavily contaminated.

Salford City Council in 1984.

The Salford Quays Development Plan was proposed.

When the Docks closed in 1982, there were a lot of issues. What kind of issues?

Between 1985 and 1990, which buildings were created and where? 

The original plan was reviewed. Which opportunities were highlighted? 

28 April 2000

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