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New applications in for £1bn Middlewood Locks development

Two reserved matters planning applications and a revised outline planning application for the next phase of development at the Middlewood Locks project in Salford have been applied for by developer Scarborough Group International (SGI).

The applications set out major residential and commercial development intentions for the remaining 10-acre plot of land that connects the existing community at Middlewood Locks and Salford through the Ordsall Chord railway arches to Manchester city centre.

The first reserved matters application includes a further 659 residential apartments within two blocks, one to be part 28-storeys and part 10-storeys and the other part 32-storeys and part 11-storeys, alongside ground and first floor commercial space of just under 18,000 sq ft.

The second reserved matters application is for 250 residential apartments within an L shaped building that steps down from 15 storeys to 11 storeys. There will be a 4,500 sq ft commercial space provision with extensive public realm for residents and visitors.

Paul Kelly, Development Director at SGI, said: “We are delighted to progress plans for the next significant stage of development at Middlewood Locks and demonstrate our commitment to press ahead with the next phases of this strategic mixed-use regeneration project.

“Over the last five years we have successfully delivered exceptional residential space and public realm to create a new neighbourhood with a real sense of place. This next phase seeks to connect Middlewood Locks with a seamless transition from the bustle of Manchester city centre through to a more tranquil living environment that is both sustainable and convenient.”

Updated consent is also being sought as revisions to the existing masterplan for the remaining neighbourhood. This includes the potential to deliver a combination of significant Grade A workspace and circa. 1,000 new homes.

A hotel and multi-storey car park form a part of the masterplan alongside further public realm around the canal basins including a canal side park. The buildings would vary from 10 to 25 storeys high.

The applications follow news that both phases one and two, comprising 1,117 apartments have now sold out.

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