Planning has been granted by Salford City Council to transform two brownfield sites overlooking the River Irwell into 500 new apartments.

The £150m development near the River Irwell was approved by the council in the local authority’s first ever virtual planning committee.

Designed by Darling Architects for Eutopia Homes, the 500 homes will be spread over two E-shaped blocks and range from one to three-bedrooms in size. The rental apartments have been designed specifically for rent and tenants will benefit from on-site professional management.

Eutopia Homes’ Salford project will have access to a mix of indoor and outdoor communal areas for residents to relax in.

Future residents will also benefit from on-site provision of secure parking, with 142 car spaces, 24 motorcycle spaces and 544 bike spaces provided, which will be split evenly across the two blocks.

In addition to the new housing, the development will provide an £850,000 contribution to an improved bus service to Manchester City Centre.

New green spaces, trees and hard and soft landscaping will all contribute to a net gain in biodiversity, while the riverside will be opened thanks to new eight-meter-wide footways open for public use.

The construction phase alone will deliver a £68m economic boost and create over 600 jobs and once the homes are fully occupied, and local businesses will be able to tap into an estimated £13m in added annual household expenditure.


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