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Leach Rhodes Walker bags go-ahead for five-tower Salford scheme

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Leach Rhodes Walker has won planning permission for up to 665 private rented sector (PRS) homes in a five-block development on the site of a former cinema in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Last night (15 January) Salford City Council’s planning committee granted permission for the Clippers Quay development, funded by developer Amstone, on the 1.76ha site.

The scheme will also deliver 1,086m2 of commercial space, including shops, cafes and restaurants.

Martin Halsey, Operations Director at Amstone Developments, said: ‘This approval is a very positive step towards achieving Amstone’s ambitions in this new economic cycle to focus towards PRS development in the North West.’

The developers are describing the development, which will contain two nine-storey blocks, as an ‘urban village’ because areas of green space connect to the waterfront at Salford Quays. A ‘green avenue’ will run through the site.

The scheme is located on route 55 of the National Cycle Network, which when complete will connect Ironbridge to Preston. The scheme is planned to contain a cycle shop and themed café.

It would also provide a landing point for a proposed footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal.

Amstone said that it hoped to start construction work in the second quarter of this year.

Christian Gillham, director at Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, said: ‘This represents a true ground-breaking PRS scheme, which creates a unique destination in this prominent site, which is designed around delivering a new community.’

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