Salford City Council has given planning consent for phase three of Middlewood Locks, the award-winning 25-acre mixed use development at the western gateway to Manchester’s business district.

Phase three of the new development will comprise of a further 189 new homes, which will add to the 1,117 new homes that are either under construction or have been completed in the vibrant new neighbourhood. It will include 176 one to three-bedroom apartments situated in two buildings of 10 and 12 storeys. There will also be 13 waterside three to four-bedroom, three-storey townhouses, suitable for family living.

Almost all the homes will have a private outdoor space – either a terrace, garden or balcony. As well as this there will also be a generous communal podium garden for the benefit of residents. There will also be 61 undercroft parking spaces and 40 bicycle spaces.

This phase will also incorporate 5,150 sq ft of ground floor commercial/retail accommodation and an additional 4,970 sq ft of offices. Middlewood Locks is a joint venture between Scarborough International Properties, Hualing Group, based in Urumqui, Xinjiang, China, and Metro Holdings Limited, a Singapore-listed property development and investment group.

When completed, it will provide a total of 2,215 new homes and 900,000 sq ft of commercial space, including offices, hotel, shops, restaurants, and gym. With landscaped areas of green public space, the scheme is being developed around three large basins of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal which connect to the River Irwell and is a short walk from the central business district and retail amenities of Manchester city centre.

Overall, the site has a gross development value of more than £700 million and is expected to create more than 7,000 jobs for the area.

Paul Kelly, Development Director at Scarborough, said: “We are delighted to secure consent to move forward with phase three as part of our full commitment to deliver the grand vision that is Middlewood Locks.  This development is providing much needed homes in the city with fantastic doorstep amenity that remains in high demand.  It also provides high-quality commercial and office space that will compliment and add to the existing offer at Middlewood Locks.”

Nicola Wallis, Sales & Marketing Director, said: “This is great news for the community of Middlewood Locks as we seek to build upon this stunning new neighbourhood with a further 189 much needed new homes.  The contemporary townhouses and apartments will be situated around a private residents’ garden, making the most of the public realm and waterside location, with fantastic views towards the city. The new homes are designed to a high specification, filled with natural light, making it ideal for the growing number of people working from home…yet it’s just a short walk or cycle to the bustling city centre of Manchester.

“Middlewood Locks is already a great community with many owner occupiers and over 50% of our customers purchasing under the governments Help to Buy scheme.  We have seen a demand for family homes and also from people wanting to downsize at Middlewood Locks, so it’s important that the homes in phase three cater for this market too”.

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