Plans to create a housing development on a brownfield site in Manchester have been approved by Trafford Town Council, despite opposition from local campaigners. The council voted 11 to three to greenlight the proposals.While the area has been derelict for some time, ecologists have argued that it has become a haven for a wide range of rare birds and insects, and therefore should be turned into a park or left as it is.Pomona Island was initially home to the Cornbrook Strawberry Gardens (later renamed the Royal Pomona Palace), but it was turned into part of the surrounding dockland in the wake of a chemical explosion in the 1880s, which left the site badly polluted. However, it fell into disuse as industry declined in the area in the latter part of the 20th century.Rowlinson is now set to build two towers on the site, which will stand between ten and twelve floors high. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has already agreed to lend the developer £10.3 million to finance the work. This money comes from a £300 million pot that funds housing developments throughout Greater Manchester.The project will create 164 homes, of which 80 will be one-bed, 63 two-bed and 21 three-bed. They will be provided with car parking under the nearby railway bridge, a concierge service, cycle storage, a gym and green roofs with solar panels.The area is near a number of new developments based around Salford’s media city, and there is already a Pomona stop on the Manchester tram network. The tower blocks were designed by Nicol Thomas.It is expected that this will be the first of a number of developments on Pomona Island, given its prime location and waterfront views.However, local campaigners have said that they are looking into the possibility of launching a legal challenge to the council’s decision.
Pomona flats win planning permission
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