Dock­lands could home 200 new apart­ments

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By NEAL KEELING @neal­keel­ingmen

AN­OTHER 200 homes are be­ing planned for Sal­ford’s for­mer dock­lands area.

The de­vel­op­ment of 188 apart­ments and eight town­houses is ear­marked for Ord­sall Lane on the ex­ist­ing site of city firm Selec­tric.

The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes re­tail units and a com­mu­nal land­scaped pi­azza – and comes af­ter 750 homes were re­cently given the go-ahead in the area.

An­drew Rae, of Fletcher-Rae, which has de­signed the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, said: “It is pre­dom­i­nantly planned in red brick, ref­er­enc­ing the Vic­to­rian build­ings in the area, with grey cladding in­cor­po­rated on the top floors, a strik­ing con­trast to vis­ually re­duce the scale of the build­ing.

“There’s two dis­tinc­tive blocks and the spa­ces in­be­tween the two build­ings have been care­fully crafted to pro­vide pri­vate ter­races, as well as a hard and soft land­scaped court­yard.”

Prof­its from the in­vest­ment will en­able Selec­tric, which makes plugs and sock­ets, to move to a pur­pose­built busi­ness and man­u­fac­tur­ing premises.

Chair­man Jack El­lis, said: “Selec­tric op­er­ates out of two fa­cil­i­ties in Sal­ford. One is on the site that we’re propos­ing to re­de­velop into apart­ments and the other is nearby on Cow Lane. If this plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved, we’ll be ac­tively look­ing for a new lo­ca­tion in Sal­ford to co-lo­cate th­ese op­er­a­tions.”

The re­lo­ca­tion of staff at both fa­cil­i­ties will take place prior to the res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment start­ing.

Mean­while, plans to build 750 homes in Ors­d­sall – which will in­clude just two ‘af­ford­able’ prop­er­ties – have been given the green light. Sal­ford mayor Paul Den­nett had said the two projects don’t in­clude ‘any­where near as much af­ford­able hous­ing as is needed’

But that has not stopped the pro­pos­als for two river­side de­vel­op­ments op­po­site each other be­ing ap­proved by coun­cil­lors last week.

Mr Den­nett said the projects were sub­mit­ted be­fore coun­cil guid­ance for de­vel­op­ers changed.

The first scheme, op­po­site Quay 5, on Ord­sall Lane, is be­ing pro­posed by For­tis De­vel­op­ments Limited for 376 homes. Nearby on Fair­brother Street, NW Build is propos­ing to put up 375 homes – 366 flats, and nine town houses.

How the new homes could look

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