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7 April 2005
Countryside Properties and Salford City Council have entered into a development agreement formalising their partnership to transform a 75 hectare (185 acre) area of Central Salford.
The £500m regeneration of Lower Broughton will be one of the largest and most challenging major regeneration projects in the UK and will create a sustainable new community of over 3,500 mixed-tenure homes and a full range of community facilities and services including shops, leisure, employment, education and training. The aim of the scheme is to demonstrate best practice in urban regeneration.
The local community is at the heart of the planning and redevelopment of the area and Countryside Properties and Salford City Council have already undertaken an intensive 12 month consultation programme together with local residents and other stakeholders, to inform the masterplan. A Community Steering Group has been established to continually inform and ultimately manage the regenerated area.
Despite significant investment and successful regeneration programmes in central Manchester and Salford Quays, Lower Broughton has experienced a rapid population decline from around 12,000 to 2,000 people over the past 30 years. The area has suffered from serious crime, health, and unemployment problems.
Alan Cherry, Chairman of Countryside Properties said: “This is a very exciting scheme for us as it combines our skills in estate regeneration with our experience of creating sustainable communities. The redevelopment programme is expected to span some 10 to 15 years and demands more than just excellent design in order to turn around the area’s fortunes. We are working alongside the Community, the City Council and the Local Constabulary, together with central and regional Government to establish projects which address the underlying social and economic problems in Lower Broughton.”
Countryside Properties is currently developing the outline masterplan which includes supplementary statements on design, environment and transport considerations for the scheme. This is due for further consultation later this summer with work anticipated to start on the first phase by Spring 2006.
Leader of Salford City Council, Cllr John Merry commented: “This is an important milestone which enables us to take the project forward and build on the positive work already undertaken. Together with Countryside Properties we are committed to ensuring Lower Broughton encompasses best practice in urban renewal and community-building.
“We reaffirm our pledge that existing communities will have their interests safeguarded and life improved while we work to attract new people to the area. This is yet another example of how Salford is establishing itself as a revitalised and resurgent city.”
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Information correct as at 07/04/2005