Plans for just under 50 affordable homes in Salford have been given the green light.

Salford City Council’s planning and transportation regulatory panel have approved plans for 45 homes to be built off Blandford Road next to the Albion Academy in Charlestown on the site of the former Cromwell Secondary School for Girls. The development will also retain and preserve Alan Boyson’s Grade II-listed Tree of Knowledge mural.

All of the houses off Blandford Road, which will be known as Irwell Valley, will be available for social rent with the council delivering the properties in partnership with The Broughton Trust, a local charity with aspirations to become a community-led housing association who will own the properties.

The development off Blandford Road will consist of 21 houses and 24 apartments. The houses comprise a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties with the apartments set to consist of one or two bedrooms.

Deputy City Mayor Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing, property and regeneration said: “Salford City Council remains absolutely committed to providing genuinely decent and affordable housing for our residents and helping people off our housing waiting list onto the path to becoming homeowners.

“This council development in partnership with the Broughton Trust is vitally needed in the city to help tackle our housing shortage but will also rejuvenate the area by building attractive and sustainable housing on a site that had become a local eyesore in recent years and preserve a piece of local listed heritage for further generations to enjoy.”

The panel approved the plans yesterday (Thursday 18 November), marking another significant step in the city council’s plans to provide affordable housing for the city with further plans for 68 properties at St Luke’s Primary School in Weaste and 177 homes on the site of the former Harrop Fold High School on Longshaw Drive in Little Hulton to come before the panel in December.


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