Almost 2,000 new homes across seven major developments are set to be built in Salford after planning permission was granted by the local council.There are now 17,800 residential properties that will be built in the area over the next ten years, at a total cost of £3.5 billion, with plenty more still in the planning pipeline.Mayor of Salford Ian Stewart told the Manchester Evening News: “Salford is booming. This is a fantastic level of growth and will provide much-needed new homes, new jobs, new businesses and opportunities for residents.“Salford, it has been reported, is the fastest-growing population and economy outside London, with growth of eight per cent over the next five to ten years.“That is China levels of growth. It’s staggering in the context of a UK economy. We have to keep growing. Our motivation is to give people a route out of deprivation and poverty through decent work, to mitigate the impact of government austerity measures.”The boom is believed to have begun when the BBC relocated a number of its key services to Salford, prompting many media professionals to relocate from London. Growing traffic through the Port of Salford has also contributed to the area’s substantial developments.An upgrade to the port’s warehouse space will also allow it to handle and distribute specialist goods throughout the north-west of England once it is completed.The most recently approved group of developments include four 26-storey tower blocks at Salford Quays (which will provide 1,100 new flats), a 300-apartment student accommodation complex at Salford Quays, 179 houses at Burgess Farm in Worsley, 140 new homes at Monton in Eccles, the redevelopment of the derelict Willows Rugby Club into homes, and 80 homes at the former Vista site on Seaford Road.Several commercial developments were also approved by the council. These included a six-floor office block for health company Bupa, which will allow the organisation to house all its staff under one roof.
New homes approved in Salford
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