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The MBBCS Comments on Planning Application
23/82372/FUL (Upper Wharf Street)

Issued 14th December, 2023

The MBBCS expect that the decision on the Upper Wharf Street development reference 23/82372/FUL will be seen as setting a precedent for the role of canal restoration in delivering the Crescent Salford Development Framework.  It is vital that it is appreciated that the prospect of further restoration of the canal depends on the Upper Wharf Street section being restored in the near future.  If restoration is obstructed by the current proposal as we believe it is, then the sections further ‘upstream’ in Salford will be left stranded.  This development provides an opportunity for Salford to achieve restoration of a key piece of industrial heritage which recognises the site’s unique position, alongside Worsley Delph, of driving the world’s first industrial revolution.  There is an entirely plausible case for this to also be recognised through a World Heritage Site designation of the canal network in Manchester and Salford.

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