Victoria Park Daisy Bank Road view Britannia Group p Ashurst Communications

The scheme is designed by Ollier Smurthwaite. Credit: via Ashurst Communications

Britannia moves to demolish ‘unsafe’ Manchester buildings 

The developer is requesting permission to raze Victoria Park Probation Centre while the city council mulls proposals for the residential redevelopment of the site. 

Last year, Britannia Group lodged an application for 72 homes on the site of Victoria Park Probation Centre off Laindon Road in Longsight. 

The developer is now seeking to demolish the existing buildings on the site prior to the determination of that application to address concerns around anti-social behaviour. 

A planning statement prepared by Avison Young describes the existing buildings on the site as an “eyesore” and states that, since being vacated, they have been “subject to squatters, vandalization and extensive fire damage”. 

“The security and safety of the building is an ongoing concern, and without further action, there is a risk the building could become a focus for further anti-social behaviour,” the statement adds. 

Britannia has applied to Manchester City Council for permission to demolish the buildings and level the site. 

Work could start on the Ollier Smurthwaite-designed scheme in spring 2023, subject to planning approval.  

Elsewhere, Britannia Group won approval in 2020 to redevelop the Tatton Arms pub in Northenden into 28 apartments. 

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By Anonymous

I can see this site from my front door, and this is a great development which will massively improve the area. The sooner it is given the go ahead, the better. I can assure Anonymous that the probation centre is not listed, attracts squatting and anti-social behaviour and is a dilapidated, post-war eyesore in what is supposed to be a conservation area. However the hoardings are already up and from the noise on site, I suspect some works are already underway even without the planning permission in place….


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