Hodder + Partners designed the scheme. Credit: via planning documents

Dandara overcomes East Didsbury hiccup 

As expected, plans for the 75-home Blackbird Yard have now been granted planning permission following an appeal that Manchester City Council, which had rejected the application, chose not to contest. 

Having refused Dandara Living’s proposals last year, Manchester City Council changed its stance prior to the appeal following the developer’s submission of additional information in relation to the scheme’s impact on highways and parking. 

The city council had said the project would not provide enough parking spaces and would trigger an increase in street parking on local roads. 

However, the authority was satisfied with the extra information provided and decided not to defend its original stance. 

The Planning Inspectorate has now approved the development, which will be constructed on part of the Tesco car park in Parrs Wood. 

Designed by Hodder + Partners, the project would result in a reduction of the number of spaces from 322 to 261.    

Blackbird Yard would comprise 25 one-bedroom apartments, 40 with two bedrooms, and 10 three-bedroom flats. 20% of the homes are earmarked as affordable. 

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what happens when the planning committee panders to NIMBYs without proper consideration of anything materiel. Hopefully they have learnt their lesson and won’t be wasting any more taxpayer’s money on pretending to be useful. Manchester desperately needs more homes – NIMBYs need to accept this and councillors need to better understand the consequences of their actions.

By Anonymous

The Council was right to reject this application in the first instance as information in relation to parking was sketchy at best. The updated information provided isn’t much better but seemingly has satisfied the Council. Despite the consent Dandara are going to struggle building this out in accordance with the Construction Management Plan submitted and will be requesting lane closures around the site to facilitate the construction. That will cause absolute chaos around Parrs Wood.

By Anonymous

Fantastic. The residents of this site will be able to live so much of life without a car. Within 5 minutes walk there’s Tesco, Nuffield Gym, Rail Station, Metrolink stop, restaurants, good, frequent bus services in many directions. These types of development, will help the suburbs bring in more spend and help Greater Manchester mature as a multi-centre city region.

By Fantastic Scheme

In response to @fantastic scheme oh yes residents will live so much of life breathing in fumes from the highly congested A34 whilst sitting on their balcony watching Tesco shoppers and the trains go by. Who on earth would want to live there! The design is more East Berlin than East Didsbury. Ridiculous scheme that will be overpower that junction.

By Wrong build wrong place

In reply to “Wrong build wrong place”, I completely disagree. For a start, there are plenty of other apartments just across the road, right at the same busy intersection. Secondly, apartments on busy roads are the absolute normal in Europe. Go to ANY European city, whether Barcelona, Frankfurt, Oslo, Rotterdam or anywhere else, big or small and you’ll find similar height apartments right on busy roads. And most cities in Europe rank far higher than Manchester on the liveability scale. Medium to high density living is just so new to Manchester, some people can’t comprehend it, but it’s the norm elsewhere. Try visiting the rest of the world, it’s the best way to learn about how things can be different.
“Fantastic Scheme” has the right idea. This is the perfect spot for medium density. People living there will have some of the best suburban transport links in GM, with a Metrolink station, Train station and bus interchange all within a couple of minutes walk. Plus shopping with Tesco and a cinema, as well as an easy stroll to Didsbury Village. Most won’t need a car.

By Jo

Let’s see if any get converted from “earmarked” to affordable.

By Anonymous

Awful news. Makes a horribly congested corner even worse – both during construction and after completion.

By Roger

@Wrong build wrong place: “Who on earth would want to live there!” can be translated as “I wouldn’t want to live there, so no-one should be able to!”.

I’ll bet my life that those flats will have a 100% occupancy rate.

By Sd

Absolutely ridiculous. The traffic and congestion around there is already awful. It will only get worse.

By Anonymous

Great to see this get approved, a sensible development for the area that is very popular with graduates.


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