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New Salford PRS scheme proposed

New Salford PRS scheme proposed

The growing number of private residential scheme (PRS) developments in Greater Manchester is set to increase further, after a planning application was made for a new development in Salford.

Warrington-based De Vere group has applied to constrict four towers on a site in Ordsall, where the A57 Regent Road and Oldfield Road meet.

The tallest of the buildings would be 26 storeys high, with the others being 16, ten and eight storeys. This tapering is meant to balance the visual impact of the buildings between some of the taller residential towers of central Manchester and Salford, and nearby lower-rise flats and houses along Regent Road.

If the plan goes ahead, construction work will start in the spring and the finished development will include nearly 500 apartments and 37 three-bedroom townhouses.

Designed by architects Fletcher Rae, the location is designed to take advantage of the easy access into Manchester city centre along the A57, as well as helping to revive the local area.

Andrew Rae, the joint managing director of Fletcher Rae, said: "This proposal is intended to repair the severed link that exists between these communities and developments and create a much-needed activity node for movement between these key places in the city."

The site lies close to several apartment blocks that were built in the 2000s, while just beyond this lies the centrepiece of local redevelopment initiatives, the Middlewood Locks brownfield site. This is set to be transformed into a mixed-use development with 3,800 homes, as well as shops, restaurants and offices.

Salford City Council has been keen to embrace PRS developments and other apartment projects in recent years, both in the city centre and around Salford Quays. Recent planning decisions included the granting of permission for Cheshire-based Select Property Group and Affinity Living to construct two towers by the River Irwell, looking across into Manchester city centre. At 35 and 17 storeys respectively, these will provide 506 private rental apartments.

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