Councillors in Manchester consider thousands of homes in Northern Gateway plan

COUNCILLORS in Manchester are set to discuss draft plans to deliver thousands of new homes as part of a major regeneration programme.

The city council’s scrutiny committee is to consider the draft Strategic Regeneration Framework next week. The draft plan is a blueprint for the transformation of the area between NOMA to the North of the city centre and Queens Park.

The plans are part of the Northern Gateway project, which is said to be one of the largest residential-led regeneration schemes in the UK. The aim is to build 15,000 new homes over the next 15 years. It is claimed that 3,000 of these will be “affordable”.

“The Northern Gateway is central to the city’s strategy to build truly affordable new homes that meet local people’s needs. The city needs 25,000 homes over the next decade and this project aims to contribute to this target, delivering 15,000 homes in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Councillor Suzanne Richards, the council’s executive member for housing and regeneration.

“This project will build on the strengths and assets of the great neighbourhoods within the Lower Irk Valley, Collyhurst and New Cross — improving the areas for the people who already live there and attracting more people to live alongside them. The area has so many advantages — it’s close to the city centre and the work and leisure opportunities that brings and has great transport links to elsewhere in the city region.”

Northern Gateway is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and property developer Far East Consortium (FEC).

The council says the aim is to develop new and existing neighbourhoods as part of an extended city centre. The neighbourhoods will be connected to the city centre through improved walkways, cycleways and public transport.

Central to the plans for the area is the development of a City River Park — a central green space along the banks of the River Irk that will provide a natural green corridor between Angel Meadow at the city centre end of the development area and Queens Park.

This ‘green heart’ will also branch out directly into neighbourhoods to encourage cycling and walking along the River Park.

The plan also outlines plans for new or expanded retail, leisure, health and educational facilities.

Redevelopment will be kicked off by the delivery of 110 new homes for social rent subject to £10.25 million of Government funding.

“Northern Gateway will reconnect the city centre and the outer lying northern communities. It will offer a range of housing types to cater for a diverse range of Manchester’s population on a variety of incomes and will become a new destination within the city,” said Tom Fenton, FEC’s project director.

“Northern Gateway offers the city centre a chance to naturally expand northwards from Victoria Station and in doing so, regenerate the communities of New Cross, Irk Valley and Collyhurst and act as a catalyst for further connectivity into Cheetham Hill, Miles Platting, Moston and beyond.”



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