Future looks healthy for site of former pub
WORK is about to start on a new health centre and supermarket on the site of a landmark Salford pub after years of delay.
The distinctivelyshaped House That Jack Built in Bury New Road, Higher Broughton, was closed in 2007 and demolished a few years later.
A shopping precinct next to it in Newbury Place was also bulldozed and the land has been derelict ever since.
But a huge housing development has gone up behind it on what used to be Northumberland Street playing fields.
Now the site of the pub and Newbury Place have been boarded-off in preparation for the construction of a new £9m health and retail scheme. The scheme is four years behind schedule.
It will include three GP surgeries, a dental practice, optician, and pharmacy.
Developed across a 30,000 sq ft site the scheme will also include a Tesco Express store and car park and create about 30 jobs.
It is the next stage in the regeneration of Higher Broughton, which has seen 250 new homes built, and a community hub, as well as scores of old terraces bulldozed.
The 1970s pub was closed in 2007 after its licence was revoked for selling illegally-imported drink and gambling.
Property and asset management business Sigma Capital Group said in 2011 that its regeneration arm had begun the development in Higher Broughton with the exchange of contracts with developer Level Health Care in 2011.
Planning permission was granted in June 2012 but work has only now started.
Merry, leader of Salford council, said: “We have been planning this redevelopment for some time and it’s great to see it now being realised. I know the new medical facilities will be a welcome addition to the growing community.
“New and already existing businesses will also be attracted to the development which will mean a jobs boost for the area.”
The site is on the main route into the city from Prestwich and Bury and town hall bosses have been keen to develop the rough land at a ‘gateway’ into the city.
The House That Jack Built before it was demolished
The site of the pub after it was knocked down