The 27-home scheme on the site of the old council offices was signed off by Salford’s planning panel last week.
Councillors said the plans were ‘music to their ears’ – although a local member said that some residents have concerns about the scheme.
The Astley Road site has been empty for the best part of a decade, after the town hall offices closed in 2011.
Now, it’s set to be transformed, with 25 family homes and two apartments on the site – all a mix of affordable rent, social rent and shared ownership.
It’s an unusual scheme for Salford which has seen swathes of huge development in recent years – often with little or no affordable housing included within proposals.
Councillors Tanya Birch and Jim Cammell both said that the fully affordable plans were ‘music to their ears’.
Developer Seddon said at the planning panel on Thursday said it would be a big step in helping to meet the local need.
Nevertheless, the plans haven’t been fully embraced by local residents who say they’re worried about parking, loss of green space and safety.
Cadishead councillor Lewis Nelson said that the site has been in a ‘state of nothingness’ since the council offices were demolished, and welcomed the affordable housing.
But he said:
“People in this area aren’t nimbys – it is largely supported by the community. But there are a couple of snags.”
Neighbours had been in touch with him with their concerns about the plans, he said, adding that he was particularly concerned about drainage pooling onto the nearby Caroline Street play park.
And planning papers show fears about parking – the site is often informally used for overflow parking – and congestion, with one resident saying that it’s not realistic that 27 properties could fit on the site.
However, the scheme was largely supported by the planning panel, which approved it on Thursday.