Manchester approves plans for new £80m mixed-use community

ENGIE and Landcare have been given permission to build 410 new 'smart' homes, along with 8,805 square metres of open space and courtyards.
An artist's impression of terraced homes in Miles Platting, Manchester.
An artist’s impression of what ENGIE and Landcare’s ‘Manox’ development in Miles Platting could look like. Credit: ENGIE

Manchester City Council has unanimously approved plans by energy, services and regeneration specialist ENGIE and Landcare (East Manchester) Ltd, part of developers the NPL Group, to turn a former industrial site in Miles Platting into a new mixed-use community.

The proposals for Coleshill Street will see the creation of 410 new smart homes, around half of which will be family homes, along with 8,805 square metres of open space and courtyards.

296 of the homes in the development, called Manox, will be for private rental, while the remaining 114 ‘affordable’ homes will be managed by one of the council’s registered housing providers One Manchester.

James Crow, divisional head of investments & development management at ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “This is an exemplar of regeneration in the modern world – taking a derelict brownfield site and transforming it into a multi-tenure, energy efficient development with much-needed new homes.

“This scheme will benefit from ENGIE’s integrated service offering – ranging from our expertise in place making and regeneration, experience of building with the newest materials and utilising smart technology and energy efficient infrastructure to benefit both the environment and residents’ finances over the long run.

“Everything we do as a business is centred on supporting the path to zero carbon and it’s fantastic that Manchester City Council has recognised how regeneration and new housing supply can be instrumental in delivering this.”

ENGIE says the proposals will create a multi-tenure neighbourhood combining ‘sustainable design with digital infrastructure, smart homes and quality public realm’.

Social interaction and healthy living wll be encouraged through the provision of public green spaces along with communal courtyards, secure cycle parking, electric vehicle charging points, and club car spaces.

The homes themselves will be kitted out with smart technology, coupled with renewable energy sources such air source heat pumps to provide affordable, energy-efficient heating and hot water. ENGIE says the proposals have ‘the potential’ to make the homes net zero carbon.

Simon Towers, group managing director at NPL Group said: “The proposed plan focusses on creating a new family orientated community with a range of homes for all ages.

“The scheme will provide a high-quality sustainable neighbourhood, including local shops and enhanced connections into and around the site, ensuring that the new development is well integrated with the wider community.”

The planning application, suppported by the property consultancy Allsop, was approved by Manchester City Council’s planning committee last week. Activity is expected to start on site in early 2021.

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