FEC lodges Collyhurst Village plans
Developer FEC has submitted proposals for the 244-home Collyhurst Village, which also features a three-acre park and 2,000 sq ft of commercial space.
Collyhurst Village is the first phase of the Northern Gateway masterplan being developed by FEC in joint venture with Manchester City Council. The masterplan aims to deliver 15,000 homes across 383-acres north of Victoria train station over the next 15 years.
Prior to masterplanning, the joint venture partners estimated that the value of the Northern Gateway project would be £1bn. A spokesperson for FEC told Place North West the figure has been revised upwards to £4bn. Further clarification has been sought.
According to the Collyhurst Village application submitted to the council this week, 100 of the 244 homes would be designated as affordable. The rest would comprise a mix of 164 houses and 74 apartments, catering for families, young professionals and older residents, Far East Consortium said.
Earlier this month, the council granted FEC permission to start a package of enabling works to prepare three plots totalling 8.4 acres for the construction of Collyhurst Village.
Work on this phase, designed by Buttress Architects, is expected to begin this summer subject to consent and completion is scheduled for summer 2024. Exterior Architecture is the landscape architect for the scheme and Avison Young is the planning consultant.
Close to Collyhurst Village, FEC proposes the construction of an additional 30 council-owned homes off Winscombe Drive, a project called Collyhurst South. Plans for this part of the Northern Gateway are expected to be submitted later this year.
Victoria Hunter, development manager at FEC, said: “Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen the overriding importance of tight-knit communities, and the role access to high-quality homes, sustainable community assets and green space have to play in facilitating them.
“It’s our ambition to deliver a vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood that has a lasting appeal for both existing and new residents. In doing so, we plan to champion the area’s heritage and its residents as part of the wider regeneration framework.”
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “The Northern Gateway project is hugely exciting for Manchester. Given the economic impact of the pandemic on our towns and cities, the continuation of this investment is encouraging as a marker of confidence that our city will recover and thrive once Covid is behind us.”