Middlewood Locks, a residential development located at the western gateway to Manchester’s Central Business District, has received planning consent from Salford City Council to deliver a community of 2000 new homes and up to 750,000 sq ft of mixed-use development space.


Middlewood Locks, which has a gross development value exceeding £575 million, is being developed by FairBriar International, a joint venture between Scarborough, Top Spring International Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong-listed real estate developer in the People’s Republic of China, and Metro Holdings Limited, a Singapore-listed property development and investment group.  


Middlewood Locks, which is centred around three large basins of the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal, will provide a vibrant new community with a total of up to 2,000 new homes along with around 750,000 sq ft of space for mixed commercial uses including offices, shops, delis, restaurants, a convenience store and gym. Start on site is anticipated for later this year. 


There will be a mix of home types and sizes available to help cater for a wide mix of occupiers from first time buyers, families to ‘empty nesters’. The homes will be designed in a way to make the most of the landscaping incorporating private and public spaces. Part of the landscaping strategy is to connect the green spaces with the canal, incorporate a woodland theme and an adventure playground to accommodate the new community.


Zerum represented Scarborough as planning consultants and will continue to support Scarborough with other upcoming planning submissions.


Simon McCabe, Director of Scarborough, said: “We are pleased to have received this planning consent for Middlewood Locks, which is a real vote of support for our plans to create a new mixed-use community in one of the UK’s most vibrant, cosmopolitan and progressive cities. Middlewood Locks is ideally located, just a short work from the central business district and retail amenities, so we are confident that this project will be a huge success and create a fantastic community environment for its future residents.”


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