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Plans submitted for 614-home Salford PRS scheme

Property development group Amstone Developments has submitted plans to Salford City Council for the redevelopment of a site in Greater Manchester's Salford Quays into a 614-home private rented sector (PRS) scheme.

The plans propose the demolition of a vacant multiplex cinema at Clippers Quay and the construction of five residential blocks, between eight and 11 storeys in height. The upper storeys of the new blocks would house a total of 614 apartments, with undercroft car parking and 17,000 square feet of retail space proposed for the ground floors.

According to the design and access statement (D&AS) submitted with the application, the scheme is intended to be delivered in three phases. Detailed plans for the first phase of development propose the construction of two eight-storey blocks, each containing 104 apartments. Outline plans for the second and third phases propose two nine-storey blocks and one 11-storey block, housing 155, 135 and 116 residential units respectively.

The proposed flexible ground floor commercial floorspace "will likely be targeted as a local coffee shop, a local needs convenience store, and cycle/walking/running cafes or specialist retailers to take advantage of the fantastic pedestrian/cycle network along the river", said the D&AS.

The new buildings would be separated and surrounded by public open space under the plans and the scheme would be linked to the proposed Wharfside Metrolink stop following the construction of a planned pedestrian footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal by Salford City Council and Trafford Borough Council.

"In this new economic cycle Amstone is focusing towards residential development and we aim to become the front-runner in PRS development in the North West," said Amstone Developments operations director Martin Halsey in a statement. "Our Clippers Quay scheme provides us with the launchpad to roll out our PRS urban village concept in other North West locations in the future."

Subject to planning permission being granted for the scheme, work is proposed to commence in the second quarter of 2015. According to the D&AS, the developer intends to complete all buildings within a three year period.

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