Fu­ture looks healthy for site of for­mer pub

Salford Advertiser - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY - NEAL KEEL­ING

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.

Coun

John

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

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