Baguley pub saved as demolition plans refused

The Black Boy on Bowland Road has been given a reprieve after Manchester City Council refused a planning application to demolish the pub and replace it with 30 apartments.

CP Property & Development had put forward plans to redevelop the site, which was the scene of an arson attack in 2015, although the pub continues to trade.

The developer proposed demolition of the pub and replacing it with a three-storey apartment block on Bowland Road, between Roundthorn and Martinscroft Metrolink stops, including 26 two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments. These would be available for private rent, with no provision for affordable homes.

A planning application was put forward in May last year, but Manchester City Council planning officers have now decided to refuse the scheme under delegated powers.

The outline application was knocked back on 3 July, with officers refusing the scheme based on the housing mix and the size of the building.

Planners said: “The proposed development in the form of apartments does not meet the requirement to deliver family housing within this area of Wythenshawe where housing demand and need assessments has identified a shortage of family housing. The application has failed to demonstrate that there is demand for the type of accommodation proposed”.

The planner’s report also added the proposal would be “overdevelopment“ of the site given its “high density, built form, layout, and lack of private amenity space”. This, the report argued, would “have a detrimental impact upon the levels of visual amenity enjoyed within the vicinity of the site and the overall character of the area”.

The team on the project also includes Garner Town Planning and architect 4mation.

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I’m surprised any developer would even consider building homes in this area. So the horrid pub stays?


Hardly over development at 3 storey in comparison to other approvals Manchester have given elsewhere and close to the Hospital where key worker accommodation for rent is in demand ?
Do they stop approving apartment towers in the city where there is also a need for family housing

By Taxed

Hmmmm… a high density proposal between two Metrolink stops? Sounds perfect to me.

By Anonymous

That good keep the blackboy x

By Patricia

I’m glad the pub is staying, so will a large number of other people,

By Anne burke

Good, I am glad the pub stays. Too many developers see a pub and think it is something that can simply be swept aside like it does not matter. We are losing far too many.

By Steven Robertson

keep the pub

By Anonymous

My understanding is the pub and land is owned by an individual who’s been buying up pubs in the area over a number of years. They’re run down and become derelict then are development opportunities. This public house has been a hub of the community for many years. Sadly it’ll be run down and developed. No provision for affordable housing by the greedy owner and that’s why it failed on this occasion.

By Ian

Private Market Rents in wythenshawe are over 700 a month for a New Two bed flat Local Housing allowance for a 2 bed flat is about 130 a month a Nurse would find it hard to exist on the wages they get and professionals are unlikely to live there. There are far to many 2 Bed Flats not enough 1 Bed or Family Housing plus that they should have built some at affordable rent which is 80% Market Rent

By Ercopower

I know people who live round here, they do not consider the pub to be a community hub of any sort, more a troublesome eyesore that isn’t welcoming for most people. They’d rather it gone.

By Tessa

hope the pub stays and so will lots of local people, its the hub of the community in baguley

By darren stansfield

To many local pubs are being demolished people say wythenshawe is a bad place to live ect but it is also home to some hard working people who like to go for a pint in their local pub after finishing work or go for a few on their days off. The pub always looks clean and tidy I would hate to see it knocked down I have lived in the area all my life and to many have been closed it is a place for people in the community to meet and socialize rather then sat on social media

By Meme

Oh what a shame was looking forward to seeing the place close as are a lot of local residents,
I totally disagree that this place is a ‘community hub’ how is that the case when new people are made to feel unwelcome by the regulars and bar staff who are rude and look like they need a good wash!!

By Meme

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