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Student Scheme and Housing Project Granted Approval

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Plans to build around 500 homes and 25,000 sq ft of commercial development at the former Castle Irwell Student Village have been approved.

The development is due to provide a mix of family homes and apartments and the site will also house a school and open space. The university said in the summer that it had intended to appoint a partner to take the scheme forward, although it will remain as the landowner.

It is hoped the scheme will broaden the housing on offer in the city as well as create a more balanced mix.

Commenting on the project, Euan Kellier, founder and co-direct of EKPA, said: "Delivery of this ambitious scheme by the University of Salford will greatly broaden the housing offer in the city and contribute to a more balanced mix of housing, it being particularly important to offer new homes for families and 'move on' choices for a young city centre population seeking an alternative to suburban living."

"The provision of a new school and sports facilities is also key to attracting young families to what will be a new community for Salford."

"Local people and community stakeholders have supported the plans and we look forward to continue working with them, the university and the council to make these plans a reality."

Another development also reportedly granted planning permission consists of a 402-bed student development on the site of the former BUPA car park in King William Street. Bricks Capital is looking to build an L-shaped, 13-storey building, which is to be marketed under the developer's True Student Accommodation brand.