Salford Middlewood Locks looking to avoid planning contributions for third time

Huge Chinese and Singapore Salford development has avoided £8.3 million in fees so far.

The 25 acre Middlewood Locks development should have yielded £8.3million in planning fees to Salford City Council but in its first two phases didn’t pay a cent because of ‘viability’ issues.

Next week, the Council’s Planning Panel will consider proposals for the third phase of 189 residential units plus commercial space, and the company has submitted a further ‘viability’ report which could lead to no payments yet again – despite the previous planning report stating that “The Council’s surveyors are confident that future residential phases will make a S106 contribution”…

Pedal power: protests for pop-up cycle lanes take off

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Manchester’s New Ruins, Ten Years On

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Toys given a second life to save the environment

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To combat Covid-19, Universal Basic Income must go viral worldwide

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Wood Street Mission: helping families in poverty since 1869

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Salford’s Islington Mill gets huge lottery heritage grant

Islington Mill gets £746,000 grant to safeguard future. Mill director says award will enable the building to “host creativity for the next 200 years”. Guest article from the Salford Star. The Grade II listed acclaimed arts hub, Islington Mill, has been awarded a huge £746,000 National Lottery Heritage grant to safeguard its future. The funding […]