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Black Horse Hotel, Salford: Heritage concern over pub demolition plan

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Image caption Developers want to knock down the derelict Black Horse Hotel pub and build apartments

Historic England has objected to plans to demolish a Victorian pub in Salford and build a luxury apartment complex.

Developers Euan Kellie Property Solutions want to knock down the derelict Black Horse Hotel on Salford Crescent and build 405 apartments.

The heritage body said the scheme would harm the character of the Salford Crescent conservation area.

Salford City Council planners have recommended the proposal, funded by bookmaker Fred Done, for approval.

'Clear benefits'

Planning officials said any harm was outweighed by the "regenerative benefits" of bringing the site back into use.

The provision of homes and the "high quality" design of the scheme, which includes a 21-storey tower block, were "clear benefits", planners added.

Historic England said while the Black Horse Hotel, built in 1875, was in "poor condition" it did not undermine its importance to the conservation area.

Its objection stated: "We would suggest a more positive solution, where the main body of the historic pub could be retained on site and subject to a high-quality modem design intervention which adds a layer of interest to both the site and conservation area."

Councillors will decide whether to approve the plans on Thursday.

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