Green light for more than 160 new homes in Salford

Plans to build more than 160 new homes in Salford have been given the green light.

Salford Council’s planning team have rubber stamped proposals by housing association Salix Homes to build 161 new properties on the Beechfarm Estate in Swinton, also known as the Poets Estate.

Salix Homes has been working closely with the Poets Estate Steering Group, made up of residents, councillors and representatives from the social housing provider, to develop proposals for an area of the estate where the properties are affected by structural issues.

The steering group voted in favour of redeveloping the estate and as part of the proposals, 146 affected properties will be demolished and replaced with 161 new homes – creating additional and much-needed housing in the area.

The affected properties on the estate are located on Blantyre Street, Shakespeare Road, Stevenson Road, Tennyson Road, Kingsley Road and Wordsworth Road.

Terry McBride, development manager at Salix Homes, said:

“The redevelopment of the Beechfarm estate is fantastic news for the area and will create much-needed affordable and social housing in Salford.

“This is Salix Homes’ first house building project since the transfer of more than 8,300 homes from Salford Council to ourselves last year and we are confident our significant investment in this estate will help breathe new life into the area, creating desirable and sustainable communities where people can be proud to live.

“We have worked very closely with the community throughout this process and will continue to keep residents involved every step of the way as we work together to deliver new and improved housing for Salford.”

The new homes will be a mix of two, three and four-bed homes, 120 of which will be available for rent from Salix Homes, replacing the 119 rental properties being demolished. These will be prioritised for the current tenants whose properties are affected.

The remaining 41 properties will be for sale or shared ownership.

Salix Homes is expected to appoint a contractor to deliver the development this summer and it is hoped work will start on site in autumn.

The project will be carried out over four phases and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.