Salford City Council has voted to allow the demolition of a locally listed 19th Century red brick pub after deciding the prospect of new homes outweighed the harm caused
The council’s planning committee last week approved plans by 5Plus Architects for 399 private rented sector dwellings with 826m² of commercial and retail floorspace in three blocks of six, 17 and 22 storeys.
The plans, brought forward by developer Euan Kellie Property Solutions, will see the removal of the Black Horse Hotel (pictured below) which sits within the Crescent conservation area, a former 19th century wealthy residential suburb.
A report by planners to the committee said: ‘It is accepted that a high degree of harm is caused to the setting of the conservation area and of the listed buildings on Crescent frontage.
‘However it is considered that substantial weight should be given to the regenerative benefits that accrue from delivery of a high quality scheme for almost 400 new homes in this part of the city.’
Phil Doyle of 5Plus said that, where practical, the firm always looks to retain buildings or local and architectural significance.
However, he said: ‘The Black Horse Hotel had been allowed to fall into dereliction by others and it was impossible to include without seriously compromising the entire design of this important site.
‘Sometimes the past has to make way for the future.’
But James Hughes, senior conservation adviser at the Victorian Society said the decision was disappointing.
He said: ‘This is a poor scheme which sets a dangerous precedent for inappropriate development in conservation areas everywhere.
‘Once we have seen the details of the council’s decision, we will consider whether a challenge would be appropriate.’
Historic England also lodged an objection to the scheme and the demolition of the pub, which was designed by Henry Lord - the architect behind the Salford Boys Club made famous by local band The Smiths.
Black Horse Hotel in Salford