Lord Jim O’Neill, economist and former junior Government minister, told an audience of Northern leaders last night to expect a “serious” response from the Government regarding the Northern Powerhouse, hinting “you are going to be surprised”.
While Manchester City Council’s chief executive continued to back the proposed £200m city centre project as “appropriate”, prominent developers have taken to Twitter to call St Michael’s “horrible” and “utterly wrong”.
More than 60,000 homes will be built on Green Belt in Greater Manchester in the next 20 years, concentrated on a “few large sites”, according to the long-awaited spatial framework for the city region, published overnight.
Two new gantries are being erected along the Bridgewater Expressway in Runcorn over the next month so testing of tolling technology can be carried out, ahead of the Mersey Gateway opening in autumn 2017.
Housebuilding in Manchester is at its highest rate for six years with 9,000 new homes expected to complete by the end of 2018/19, however the city is still due to fall short of demand, according to research from the council.
A 55-storey tower, a conversion of one of the largest listed mill complexes in Manchester, and the extension of a former church to create an orchestral rehearsal space have all been granted planning consent.