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Salford City Council gives green light to Pendleton regeneration

Plans to regenerate the Pendleton area of Salford have been given the go-ahead by the city council. The local authority has approved plans for the area's biggest ever housing-led regeneration project, which will see the construction of 1,600 hew homes, as well as the renovation of a further 1,200 existing properties. In addition to this, the work will see the creation of new sports fields, green spaces, walkways and cycle paths in the Pendleton area, Salford City Council stated. It is expected that the project will create 500 new jobs in addition to 2,000 work experience placements and training opportunities for 3,200 people in the area, while local suppliers are expected to benefit from contracts. The preferred partner for the scheme has been named as the SP+ consortium, which is led by Together Housing Group member Chevin Housing Association. The group is expected to submit a full planning application this summer, before work begins later in the year. Lead member for housing and regeneration at Salford City Council Gena Merrett said: "This is an incredibly exciting and much anticipated regeneration scheme for the area." The scheme will not only provide a major boost to the city's economy, but create a "much nicer environment" to be enjoyed by local residents. Councillor Merrett added: "Good housing and facilities can make a big difference to a community, having a positive impact on everything from health and wellbeing to crime and disorder." It has taken many years for the Create a New Pendleton project to get to this stage, the local authority observed. The process began as far back as 2003, when the council first acknowledged a Private Finance Initiative was the best way to bring much-needed regeneration to the area. A competitive tender process for the work lasted for four years, including significant consultation with the local community. Salford City Council also recently confirmed it will begin a review to consider new funding options for improvements to 8,500 council houses in the area. 

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