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NEW: 491 Flats Approved For Wilburn Basin 'Wasteland'

Salford Council approve plans for four residential towers on three acre site by Regent Retail Park

Published on November 10th 2014.

NEW: 491 Flats Approved For Wilburn Basin 'Wasteland'

SALFORD Council have given planning permission for nearly 500 flats to be built on three acres of abandoned land on the Manchester Salford border - right by the Campanile Hotel and the Regent Retail Park.

Confidential first reported on the plans for Wilburn Basin back in June 2014 - read here.

“Our proposals will bring back into use an important part of the city that otherwise provides only a negative impact upon the area."

The scheme submitted by WB Developers and designed by OMI architects (Dukes 92, Spectrum Apartments) is for 491 flats in four tower blocks of eight, ten, twelve and 21 storeys high.

The mixed-use development will offer one, two and three bedroom flats set around a communal courtyard at the former boat-morring site built in 1864 on the banks of the River Irwell.

Wilburn Basin plansWilburn Basin plans

Regent Road site (Regent Retail Park to the left)Regent Road site (Regent Retail Park to the left)

Daren Whitaker, the man behind WB Developers and parent-company Renaker Build (Royal Mills, Bengal Mills), has a number of further projects in place across the city including 500 apartments on Greengate Square in Salford (under Pinnacle Developments) and a 302 apartment tower on the former Harry Ramsden's site just across from the Wilburn Basin development on Regent Road (under LQ Developments).

Whitaker said of plans for Wilburn Basin: 

“Our proposals will bring back into use an important part of the city that otherwise provides only a negative impact upon the area.

“Having worked closely with key stakeholders and the City we are particularly pleased with the creativity in our design solution to maintain important linkages, access the River Irwell and preserve the basin which was originally built in 1864.

“Our application marks a significant investment into the city and the opportunity to deliver much needed new homes.”

OMI Architects

Renaker Build

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15 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

What are the demographics of the customer base?

7 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

Singles and couples that want to live near the city but can't afford to buy right in the centre, I would presume.

DarrenNovember 10th 2014.

While I'm all for this redevelopment, the traffic around here is shocking morning noon and night and this will only make it worse.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

Not sure why it will make it worse. Most of the residents will be working in the city and will walk I would think. The ones that work elsewhere will be travelling against the traffic flow, out of town in the morning and towards at night. What else should be done with these derelict sites that blight the area?

DarrenNovember 10th 2014.

Not sure why it would make it worse? Let's wait and see. As I said I'm all for this but we need to find out why this part of the city is always so busy. I've sat in traffic jams here at 9/10 at night. Is it to do with the road layout, the way the lights are set up, bad drivers?

ChaffinchNovember 11th 2014.

"As I said I'm all for this but we need to find out why this part of the city is always so busy." Errr look on a map? It's where all the traffic from the west of Manchester joins the inner ring road.

AnonymousNovember 11th 2014.

Flats where Regent Road meets the Mancunian Way? BUSY! There should be a footbridge in those plans too.

DarrenNovember 11th 2014.

Errr look on a map?! It's rammed everyday, all hours. I used to drive to pure gym around 9/10 at night when I was training g for something and I was stuck in traffic. That shouldn't be happening at those times. It only seems to be really bad here.

AnonymousNovember 11th 2014.

Let's get the canals filled in and turned into cycle paths.

Poster BoyNovember 11th 2014.

Boom time = off pitch + stack it high = site value maximisation = turn a profit on the sale of the site in a rising market.

AnonymousNovember 11th 2014.

And Manchester plans a tower where Harry Ramsdens was just across the way? Look forward to seeing how all looks....

Trish KarneyNovember 11th 2014.

Regent Road has the most frightful traffic. Why don't Salford and Manchester Councils press for a Motorway between the M602 and the Mancunian Way?

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AnonymousNovember 11th 2014.

There was a plan to do just that way back when. It was abandoned back in the eighties, along with many other road projects. I worked at GMC,before it was abolished, working in a team that was trying to come up with alternatives. There have been lots of things tried over the years, widening Regent Road, the completion of the inner and outer ring road, junction redesigns. Traffic just keep on increasing, year on year. It is a marker of the success of the city that more and more people work, visit and live here. The only way to deal with it effectively is to improve public transport. Why we don't have large park and ride's on the major routes into the city is a mystery, they were also proposed in the 80's

AnonymousNovember 13th 2014.

I agree anonymous - better public transport would improve it. West Manchester/Salford needs tram extensions!

Chris JoyceNovember 16th 2014.

They are quite wrong to say that the area 'provides only a negative impact upon the area', the area was a haven for wildlife and it was not unusual to see kingfishers in the basin and plenty of nesting birds in the surrounding trees. These, so-called, wasteland areas are on closer inspection a haven for diverse animals, birds plants and insects. I am sad that the area around the basin has been decimated and the local wildlife displaced.

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