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Plans pushed through to knock down Hyde Park Corner pub for 38 flats

Developers Knight Knox have been given the go-ahead to demolish an historic pub in Salford.

Hyde Park Corner was built at the corner of Silk Street and Blackburn Street in the early 1900s.

It went through a total rebuild in 1991.

The owners, Joseph Holts brewery, closed the pub in July 2015 citing the two-storey pub as “non-essential” for its estate.

The original incarnation of the Hyde Park Corner pub

The original incarnation of the Hyde Park Corner pub

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In its place Knight Knox will build 19 one-bed and 19 two-bed apartments in grey and brown brick across three and four storeys.

Former Hyde Park Corner manager Chris Hudson, 31, told SalfordOnline.com back in September 2015: “The closure of the pub has really broken up the local community.

“It was a drop-in kind of pub with plenty of passing trade, but we also had a great batch of regular old folk that enjoyed the music nights, the old time card players, two great darts teams and just the ones that liked to have a quiet pint on their own.”

The new plans will stretch across the frontage of Silk Street and Blackburn Street.

The council received five objections from local residents on the grounds that, firstly the pub should be replaced with amenities like shops instead of more housing; secondly local roads are already congested with vehicles; and thirdly that the proposal did not match the design of homes in the local area.


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The former Hyde Park Corner pub building on Blackburn Street in the 1970s

The former Hyde Park Corner pub building on Blackburn Street in the 1970s

Knight Knox, which is headquartered on Salford Quays, put in the application through its subsidiary KKI Land 4 Limited.

Planning documents state that because of council policy on areas of lower land value, there is no obligation for the developer to make any of the flats available for shared ownership or affordable rent/sale.

“Given that that there is an identified need for housing within the city, there are mix of dwelling types in the immediate vicinity it is considered that it would be difficult to justify the refusal of the planning application solely on the proposed mix of homes.”

The plans were granted permission on 1 February 2016.

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