New Broughton Village
In 2004, Countryside Properties and Salford City Council entered into a partnership agreement to completely transform the Lower Broughton area in Central Salford. Countryside Properties PLC is a specialist development company, highly regarded for its delivery of sustainable communities and urban and rural regeneration.
The £500 million aspirational transformation of Lower Broughton is one of the largest and most challenging regeneration projects in the UK. The flagship project aims to create a sustainable new community of up to 3,500 mixed-tenure homes and a full range of easily accessible community facilities and services including shops, leisure, employment, education and training. The vision of the scheme is to demonstrate best practice in urban regeneration.
The community of Lower Broughton remains at the heart of the ongoing redevelopment of the area. Prior to work commencing, Countryside Properties and Salford City Council undertook an intensive 12 month consultation programme, together with local residents and a wide range of stakeholders.
Lower Broughton has suffered a significant loss of population over recent decades. Historically the area has suffered from crime, health, and unemployment problems. The area is also within the flood plain of the River Irwell and, although protected by flood walls and the Littleton Road Flood Basin, there remains a risk of flooding.
The Supplementary Planning Document: Lower Broughton Design Code was adopted in January 2006. Prepared in consultation with local residents, it sets out the policies the council applies to all planning applications for new development in the area and also sets out the strategic vision.
It was originally proposed that all existing residents of Lower Broughton would be offered the opportunity of moving to new houses through the council's partnership with Countryside Properties; however, it has subsequently been decided that no existing homes in the Spike Island area will be demolished.
Progress to date
Work started on the first phase of New Broughton in December 2006, concentrating on significantly upgrading the area around Broughton Lane and Camp Street. Despite difficult market conditions having a severe impact upon the redevelopment programme, this was one of the first regeneration schemes in the UK to resume building work, in December 2009. Over 700 new homes have already been completed. When this phase of new housing is complete, due in March 2013, over 900 new homes will have been completed.
This progressive transformation has provided new homes for existing residents and has already attracted over 500 new households to Lower Broughton. A diverse mix of buyers are now settled into new homes, meeting the strategic aim of increasing the local population.
River View Primary School opened in September 2011, replacing two smaller schools in a new state-of-the art building in the heart of Lower Broughton.
Green Grosvenor Park, a new, three-hectare green space has been created next to the new school. The park contains children's play equipment, an outdoor gym and a mix of grassland and woodland areas.
New shops on Broughton Lane serve local consumer demand, with space becoming available to accommodate even more new traders.
The New Broughton Village was the winner of the Best Building Residential category at the 2010 Salford Good Design Awards.
The council and Countryside Properties are extremely confident that the original ambitious aspirations for the scheme will be achieved, despite difficult economic conditions. It may take longer than originally anticipated to complete the redevelopment, but our next priority will be to secure redevelopment of the area around and including Mocha Parade. The council and Countryside Properties will consult with local residents and stakeholders when options for the next phase are available.
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Who to contact
- John Wooderson
- Sustainable Regeneration Directorate
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- 0161 793 2623
This page was last updated on 7 November 2011