Ollier Smurthwaite is the architect behind the proposals. Credit: via Ashurst Communications

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.

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Ollier Smurthwaite with another banger! Looks great.

By Byronic

Looks like a high quality scheme but why did they (or the planning department) omit the balconies? Levenshulme is heavily urbanised so where do the residents go to enjoy a bit of private outdoor space?

By Balcony watch

Will make the rest of that stretch look worst than it does already. Having said that, its needed and looks great. Get it built!

By Longsight lad

More of this, less of the pastiche modernism please!

By Anonymous

Excellent scheme, this proves that all of the development and city center boom is spreading out into the suburbs

By Bob

To Balcony Watch, probably because it is fronting the A6, with bus stop(s) directly outside. I don’t think I would like to sit outside when a 192 bus goes past every few minutes.

By Bruce Wayne

Looks like a nice CGI – I wonder whether Manchester City Council will make it reality by enforcing against antisocial car parking?

By Active Travel Trev

Yes please!

By South Manc Urbanist

I was all for it, the artist impression looks great, the idea sound. Right up until the very last paragraph…

Does it suggest that this is being proposed by theose involved with the ‘community led cycle cafe’? The same one that was crowd funded by locals, meant to open three years ago and as of this date has never opened its doors?

By Leve lad

50 percent of the homes should be Social housing for manchester move.
The area next to it should be kept as a green space and there should be protected cycle lane to stop cars driving on pavement. The building needs to have greenery living wall green roof solar pannels energy efficent.

This section is already very dangerous for pedestrians so parking space bike storage needs to be considerd

By R.Tod

Great design and finally a site which is located in a sustainable location. I hope that the final designs include significant cycle parking

By Induced Demand

You could build something out of Lego on this site and it would be a 100% improvement. Looking at CGI this is really good. Got to get move on from betting shop, fried chicken, kebab and vape shop vibes though…hope developers care enough.

By Ally

Is the person living near by have priority to have one of retailer units and a shop to rent or buy?

By Bahadin

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