The Crescent development framework

Crescent development framework

Salford City Council has adopted a development framework for The Crescent area. The purpose of this document is to:

  • provide a vision for the future of this important area
  • set out the potential mix of uses for development sites in the area
  • show how existing regeneration projects are contributing to the transformation of the area

The area covered by the framework extends to just less than 90 hectares and contains the Peel Park and Frederick Road campus of the University of Salford, the southern half of Innovation Park and civic amenities such as Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Peel Park.

The intention of the framework is to create a distinctive new neighbourhood providing high quality leisure business and learning opportunities which will take full advantage of its position in the regional centre and the development of the University of Salford. It aims to increase the residential provision in the area for a range of housing types, provide opportunities for employment, improve links with surrounding area and create new urban spaces. Projects to achieve these objectives such as Irwell City Park are already underway and are described in the framework.

The Crescent Development Framework is a planning guidance document which should be read alongside the adopted development plan for the city of Salford and other planning guidance. In the light of the level of consultation that took place as part of the preparation of the framework, it will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications in the area. It will also guide investment decisions by key agencies and developers.

A summary of all representations made during the consultation period on the planning guidance, together with the council's responses is contained within the consultation statement which can be downloaded below.

Consultation on new Development Framework for the Salford Crescent and University District area

In Summer 2017 Salford City Council and The University of Salford appointed 5plus architects and CBRE to prepare the Salford Crescent and University District Masterplan.​

Following a rigorous procurement process which commenced in May 2019, the council and University of Salford appointed the English Cities Fund as Private Sector Partner to deliver the Masterplan in March 2020. The initial Masterplan proposals are currently being tested and refined by the Partners. In due course, a new Development Framework for the area will be prepared by the Partners setting out proposals for future development and this will replace the current Crescent Development Framework. A Draft Development Framework will be subject to extensive public consultation in October/November 2020, prior to being adopted by the council. Once adopted by the council, the Development Framework will form a material consideration in the determination of planning applications across the area.

In advance of consultation on the Draft Development Framework, the council has now commenced an initial ‘scoping’ consultation on the draft Vision and Objectives for the new Development Framework. The scoping letter can be downloaded below and provides details on the draft vision and objectives and process / timescales for submitting comments.

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This page was last updated on 17 July 2020

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