Salford flats regeneration gets council approval
A £14.3m plan to regenerate four high-rise blocks in Salford and create 236 energy-efficient homes has been given the go-ahead by the city council.
City West Housing Trust has been granted planning permission for its Barton Village scheme in Eccles.
The 1960s flats will be turned into open-plan apartments, which use solar technology that could save tenants up to £200 a year in fuel bills.
Existing tenants will get first choice of the homes on completion in 2015.
A City West Housing Trust spokeswoman said: "Work has started a month ahead of schedule with the final tenants having moved out on Wednesday and the contractor taking responsibility already.
"Barton Village addresses all the key issues facing organisations tasked with regenerating communities and is revolutionary in many ways due to the technologies used and the approach taken to high rise social housing blocks."
The scheme also includes the demolition and relocation of a community centre in the centre of the village, and the possibility of 14 additional homes to be built next to Bridgewater Canal.
A nearby parade of shops will be converted and let with one becoming a cafe and catering training centre.