In a city that is crying out for affordable low-cost, low-rent housing, I am utterly dismayed to read in the Salford Star (http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4601) that a proposed application by Salix Homes for such housing at Canon Green Court was recently refused by Salford Councils shambolic planning department.
To add insult to this, they went on to approve another housing development from Countryside Properties that offered zero affordable homes and zero section 106 money to be used within the local community.
Do these imbeciles not understand that not everyone is wealthy enough to be in a position to afford one of Fred Done's luxury apartments?
I have lived in this area for coming up to 7 years now and although that is a relatively short time compared to others who have lived here far longer, even I have noticed the negative change being thrust upon us as historic buildings are torn down all around in order to facilitate the developers in their quest to make more money by attracting people into the area from outside of Salford, riding on the back of the prestige of living so close to Manchester.
Luxury high-rises now tower above us and although I admit we do need to provide new homes, these homes should be affordable to everyone in Salford, not just the rich.
I see on the Salford Online facebook group the words 'Salford, Sold by the Pound' all the time and I totally agree, this is gentrification, nothing more, nothing less.
I have to ask just who is benefitting from all of this new regeneration as it is most certainly not the existing population as they get pushed further and further out of the area they have called home.
Salford Council should be grasping at the chance to provide affordable rental properties, not shutting down such much-needed developments.
It is bewilderingly crazy.
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