S106 Bonanza for booming Salford

Salford’s building boom is paying off for the city.

In just three months Salford City Council secured £2.9 million in payments from developers – almost double the amount received in the whole of last year.

The funds – known as Section 106 payments – are used for a range of local improvements including creating new school places.

Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning and sustainable development, said:

“Last year we received over £1.5 million from 18 different schemes towards mitigating the impact of those developments. We also signed 25 S106 agreements to the value of £7.2 million to ensure that, when schemes become commercially viable, the city receives funding.

“This financial year, between April and June, we received nearly double that from six developments alone and have signed agreements with six more developers to pay a further £2.3 million if their developments go ahead. This is all money to mitigate the impact of new development which will be ploughed back into the community over the next few years.”

S106 funding from housing at the former Mitchell Shackleton site in Eccles has helped create 105 extra places at the Godfrey Ermen primary school while pupils at St Luke’s CE primary school have benefited from a brand new, bigger school.

The new school, on the former All Hallows secondary school site, Weaste Lane, has doubled in size to accommodate 420 children and opened in September. Funds from the nearby 45 home Ivy Grange estate were used towards creating the new school.
The largest contribution this year comes from the development of 497 apartments at One Greengate, which will be spent on construction training as well as improving open and public spaces around the development.