Social club, which closed after almost 50 years due to Covid, could be demolished for apartments

A social club in Salford, which closed its doors for the last time last year, could be demolished to make way for a three-storey block of affordable apartments.

The St Boniface Social Club in Lower Broughton Road was preparing to celebrate its 50th birthday in March 2020 – but it closed due to the corona crisis.

The trustees and the owner tried to revive the club, but it closed later that year, according to a developer who wants to build homes on the unoccupied land.

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A planning application to demolish the one-story building to make room for 24 one-bedroom apartments has now been submitted to the Salford Council.

SEP Construction Services Ltd has applied for a building permit to overthrow the social club and build the apartments along with 11 parking spaces.

All apartments will be managed by a registered housing provider.

Plans for affordable apartments at the St Boniface Social Club site in Salford.  View north along Lower Broughton Road
A view of the proposed development looking north along Lower Broughton Road

A spokesman for the company said: “Our proposal will provide a 100 pc affordable scheme for a registered provider which will provide significant benefits to Salford through the provision of 24 affordable homes on a brownfield site that helps tackle the housing crisis in a sustainable way way.

“At present, the Salford City Council estimates that the city requires an additional 809 affordable homes each year to meet current needs and currently provides only about 280.

“Therefore, this development will help solve this problem by offering high quality apartment accommodation to those in need of housing.”

A total of 24 apartments are proposed as part of the new residential development – 18 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments.

Due to the risk of flooding in the area, the ground floor of the three-storey building will be 1.5 meters higher than the current terrain.

St Boniface Social Club in Lower Broughton Road, Salford.  The picture in July 2017
St Boniface Social Club pictured in July 2017

However, according to the design and the access statement, the total height of the block would be ‘roughly in line’ with the new terraced houses in the street.

The building would also be further ahead than the social club is at the moment.

The parking lot would be behind the building, and secure bike storage large enough for eight bikes would also be available within the parking area.

A small private garden would also be laid out along the front of the apartments.

The Salford Council’s planning department must decide on the outcome of the application in the new year, with the deadline set being 7 February.

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