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Save Salford’s Black Horse Hotel!

Salford Council has approved plans to demolish the Victorian Black Horse Hotel to build a 22 storey tower within Salford’s Crescent Conservation Area.

Salford Council has approved plans to demolish the Victorian Black Horse Hotel to build a 22 storey tower within Salford’s Crescent Conservation Area. Property (Done) Limited should reflect on the many objections to the plans, including Historic England’s, and come back with a scheme which does not lose a key local building and cause substantial harm to the conservation area.

James Hughes Senior Victorian Society Conservation adviser said: ‘It’s inconceivable that an experienced and skilled architect couldn’t develop a plan for the site that incorporates the Black Horse Hotel alongside an appropriate – and viable – housing development. This is a large site with huge scope for redevelopment. Salford Council should push for a far more appropriate scheme that actually complies with local and national planning policy.’

The Black Horse Hotel is an impressive late 19th century red brick building on Salford Council’s local list. The Pevsner architectural guide notes the ‘enjoyable carvings in the ground-floor keystones’ which include the heads of a horse, a satyr and Bacchus. Sadly, the building has been neglected in recent years. The exterior, although needing work, is well detailed and largely intact. It contributes positively to the character and appearance of both the conservation area and nearby listed buildings.

The Victorian Society rarely sees such unsympathetic and inappropriate proposals. This development is not sustainable, fails to preserve or enhance the character of the conservation area and is contrary to both local and national policy and legislation on the historic environment. The harm caused by the locally listed Hotel’s demolition would be compounded by the proposed new buildings. The height and massing of the towers would be wholly at odds with the scale and appearance of existing buildings within the conservation area and would harm the setting of the listed buildings.

 

Wednesday 6 April, 2016

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