Consultation opens on £7m Levenshulme scheme
Developer Views has opened a consultation on plans for 30 apartments and 9,000 sq ft of retail and leisure at 764-786 Stockport Road.
Consultation comes ahead of a planning application being submitted for the Ollier Smurthwaite-designed scheme. Avison Young is the planner.
The scheme would house nine commercial units, while the apartments – ten one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom – will be arranged over three upper floors. The project also includes landscaping.
Views said that the proposed development will replace the existing unoccupied buildings on the half-acre site.
Patrick Sheridan, senior development manager with Views, said: “We are very excited about our plans for 764-786 Stockport Road and we realise it is important to share them with our local neighbours before we submit a formal planning application.
“The site has been empty and underused for a number of years, and our proposals will deliver much needed new homes and commercial space. We think it will be a sensitive and successful addition to the area which has an established, vibrant, diverse and welcoming community.
“We hope people are as enthused about our proposals as we are and we welcome feedback and comments.”
The design is envisaged as three buildings which step down from four to two storeys to tie in with the buildings either side. Views said that high quality materials, large areas of glazing and refined detailing will “deliver a building of merit”.
Matt Ollier, director of the architecture firm, said: “Our proposals will completely transform the site and this part of Levenshulme by creating a sensitive bookend building that will provide a much improved and animated street scape on Stockport Road which respects the heritage and character of the wider area.”
The consultation period is now open and closes on 18 February.
Views is headed by directors Shujaat Rasool and Shoaib Muhammad and has a portfolio of sites across south Manchester and the city centre. A proposal for 98 Wilmslow Rd has completed consultation, with submission expected soon.
Other developments in Levenshulme include a community-led cycle cafe where Stockport Road meets the Fallowfield Loop cycle route and 57 homes off Cringle Road, where Towerhouse Systems seured reserved matters approval in September.