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Mixed-use Salford plans welcomed to attract ‘young city centre population’

Newly approved plans for Salford commercial space, homes and a school could attract a “young city centre population” to the area.

Town planning consultancy Euan Kellie Property Solutions (EKPS) has welcomed the green light for the University of Salford’s ambitious scheme, which will transform a 14.45-hectare site formerly occupied by Castle Irwell Student Village.

The development of the university-owned land on the northern side of Cromwell Road in Charleston will provide 25,000 sq ft of commercial and open space as well as up to 500 homes.

The project aims to support Salford-wide socio-economic objectives including accommodation for a growing workforce needed in the city, temporary and permanent employment opportunities, high quality open space for new residents and existing communities, and increasing housing choice for existing and incoming residents.

Day Architectural prepared the masterplan for the scheme and EKPS has provided support during the planning process.

Euan Kellie, founder and co-director of EKPS, says: “Delivery of this ambitious scheme by the University of Salford will greatly broaden the housing offer in the city and contribute to a more balanced mix of housing, it being particularly important to offer new homes for families and ‘move on’ choices for a young city centre population seeking an alternative to suburban living.

“The provision of a new school and sports facilities is also key to attracting young families to what will be a new community for Salford.

“Local people and community stakeholders have supported the plans and we look forward to continue working with them, the university and the council to make these plans a reality.”

The site for development, which is currently vacant and overgrown, was used as a racecourse until 1963 before being acquired by the University of Salford in 1973 to create Castle Irwell Student Village.

The student village remained in use until 2015 and, following a fire in 2016, a former racecourse stand and the student accommodation we demolished.