Planning success for Salford ‘eco-community’


Once built, The Avenues will offer 33 apartments across three blocks next to the River Irwell, in Lower Broughton. The scheme aims to introduce a “new model for sustainable living”, according to the developer.

Altrincham-based Rooted Developments aims to bring a derelict half-acre site on the banks of the river into use, behind houses in Cromwell Grove, Benedict Close and The Avenue in Salford. The s-shaped plot mainly includes rough open space. The approved scheme will bring forward three residential blocks, raised on stilts and two, three and five stories high.

The blocks will contain a mix of 33 one and two bedroom apartments available for rent. Homes will have access to a shared kitchen, dining and living space, as well as shared workspaces, a herb garden, an orchard and additional outdoor space. There will also be car parking and landscaping, and the site will be accessed via Avenue and St Boniface Road.

Ollier Smurthwaite Architects designed the scheme. Paul Butler Associates is the planning consultant and Exterior Architecture is the landscape designer.

The proposed lifestyle “has sustainability at its core and speaks to the sensibility of younger generations to create a home for people looking for a solution to how to live in better harmony with nature,” Rooted says in its planning application. .

The director of Rooted Developments is Derfogail Delcassian, a scientist, entrepreneur and immunoengineering researcher based in the US and the UK at the University of Berkeley, who specializes in designing healthcare and engineering technologies for the future, according to the website its internet. It is also involved in urban regeneration projects across the US and Europe.

The Avenue aims to “produce a new standard for ecological and sustainable living in Salford”, she wrote to Salford City Council in her planning application cover letter. Eco-friendly features include partitions, rainwater harvesting and triple-glazed windows. Meanwhile, the landscape plan seeks to restore the historic riverside landscape, provide outdoor growth and green space such as allotments, an orchard and a herb garden, to integrate biodiversity within the building.

“If approved, we expect this development to attract a group of young professional tenants interested in living in a bespoke, sustainable, carbon neutral building within walking/cycle travel distance of Greater Manchester amenities,” Delcassian said.

Salford City Council approved the plans under devolved powers last week. Section 106 and other negotiations are still being finalized.

The application is ref 21/78079/FUL with Salford City Council.


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