Couldn't find a thread for this. Looks like Salford University are stepping up efforts to develop this massive site. DAY Architectural are drawing up the plans.
This Environment Impact Assessment (“EIA”) Scoping Report has been prepared on behalf of our client, the University of Salford, in support of their emerging proposals for the redevelopment of the former Castle Irwell student campus in Charlestown, Salford (the “Site”).
1.2 The forthcoming planning application to which this Scoping Report relates will seek outline planning permission for up to 500 residential units (Use Class C3), along with up to 25,000 sqft (2,323 sqm) of retail floorspace (Use Classes A1 to A5). In addition, up to 2 no. hectares of the Site are to be designated for future school provision (Use Class D1). The proposals will also allow for areas of open space and landscaping. Further details of the proposals are provided within Chapter 3.
1.3 When describing or referring to the proposals within this report, the term “Proposed Development” will be used, and is deemed to include all stages of construction and the operation of the development.
1.4 The purpose of this Scoping Report is to assist the Local Planning Authority (“LPA”) with the adoption of a Scoping Opinion under Regulation 15 of The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (the “EIA Regulations”).
1.5 The EIA process seeks to protect the environment by ensuring that a LPA, when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a development which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision-making process.
1.6 The Regulations set out a procedure for identifying those projects which should be subject to an EIA, and for assessing, consulting and coming to a decision on those projects which are likely to have significant environmental effects.
1.7 The purpose of the EIA is to identify both the nature of the development and the environment within which it will take place in order to identify the likely significant environmental effects. This is undertaken by comparing the existing situation at the start of the work (baseline) with the situation once the proposals are in place.
1.8 The EIA Regulations 2017 require that any proposed development falling within the description of a ‘Schedule 2 development’ (as defined by the EIA Regulations), will be subject to an EIA where such development is likely to have ‘significant’ effects on the environment by virtue of such factors as its nature, size or location (Regulation 2(b)).
1.9 The Proposed Development falls under the category of “Infrastructure Projects – Urban Development Projects” (Schedule 2, 10. (b)) as described in the Regulations. The applicable threshold above which EIA is likely to be required is 5 hectares (ha) or the development includes more than 150 dwellings.
1.10 The Site covers an area of approximately 14.48 hectares, which is above the indicative applicable threshold of 5 hectares; in addition, up to 500 new residential units are proposed.
1.11 Regulation 6 of the 2017 EIA Regulations makes provision for a developer to request a ‘Screening Opinion’ from the LPA to ascertain whether an EIA is required if a development is classed as a Schedule 2 development. This decision is based on the likelihood of significant environmental effects arising in relation to the development proposals.