Salford benefits from £30million boost from developers

Local people are benefitting from a £30million boost from development in Salford.

Since 2010 the city council has secured £29.9million in Section 106 contributions from developers to mitigate the impact of development on local communities and to support more sustainable places.

So far the council has spent £12million on the local environment, £4million on affordable housing and £2.3million on community projects. And £11.6 million is still to be spent.

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Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It is great news that we have managed to bring such a staggering amount of money in from section 106 agreements since 2010. We have a proven track record in bringing in money and the Section 106 accounts from last year are now available for people to see.

“Overall the list of improvement is really positive and includes money spent on replacement trees, park upgrades, footpaths, nature reserves, schools, affordable homes, public art to name just a few. There is something for everyone in the full list and we are proud to publish it. 

“In the past financial year we managed to spend 67 per cent of this money on affordable homes to help with the housing crisis. Providing decent affordable homes for local people is a priority of mine and to see an extra 183 homes in the past 10 years purely as a result of Section 106 obligations, in addition to £4 million to be spent on affordable housing, is greatly welcomed.

“In the past year we have spent almost a quarter of the money on open space improvements such as public realm and parks. We want to continue to provide nice places that people can enjoy with parks and play equipment where young people can have fun and keep active.”

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