Phase one includes 378 homes and a community hub. Credit: via planning documents

Huge Jacksons Brickworks resi scheme greenlit

Manchester City Council has approved Your Housing Group’s plans for more than 700 new homes, a secondary school, a park and a community hub in Newton Heath.

The 47-acre site, once home to Jacksons Brickworks, has been unused for decades and had latterly been used for landfill.

Approved at this week’s planning and highways committee meeting was detailed consent for phase one, including 378 homes, a community hub building and landscaping, and outline consent for phase two, featuring 338 homes and a secondary school.

In phase one, YHG proposes 132 homes designated for shared ownership, 95 for affordable rent, 28 for social rent, 95 for private rent and 28 for open market sale. There will be 134 apartments and 244 houses.

YHG acquired the site in February 2020 and previously secured a consent to undertake remediation.

Stantec, formerly Barton Willmore, worked alongside Planit-IE on the project’s design and access statement, with Planit-IE also developing the illustrative masterplan and landscaping plans. Deloitte is the planner.

While the proposals were largely welcomed at committee, councillors were keen to point out that a condition was necessary to ward off the possibility of further access onto Hallam Road being introduced as the plans come to fruition.

With a primary school and nursery, this street was described as “already congested, and to create a new access there would drive a coach and horses through the safety plan agreed”. A members’ site visit was completed on the morning of the planning meeting.

Jacque Allen, chief executive of YHG, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have officially secured planning permission for this exciting and significant development. It will completely transform this large site to bring housing, community, and economic benefits to the area.

“I would like to thank the team at Manchester City Council for their support, and the local residents who have taken their time to give their input to help us shape a development that will benefit everyone.”

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “We know that this site has a huge amount of potential and its redevelopment will be transformational for Newton Heath. Your Housing Group is not only bringing a brownfield piece of land to deliver a large number of low carbon affordable homes for our residents, but they are bringing life back to a major site that has historically been an important part of this community.”

Provisional plans for the secondary school outline a facility for 1,000+ pupils and will have sports pitches and a multi-use games area, also available for use by the local community. YHG has agreed to dispose of a portion of the site to the Department of Education to deliver the new school.

YHG’s project team for the Jacksons Brickworks site also includes ECS, Arup, Vectos, SLR, Wardell Armstrong, and AJP. The application’s reference number with Manchester City Council is 133700/FO/2022.

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Developments like this excite me more than most towers/city center development. The more crucial thing for a successful city is how it’s inner city neighbourhoods are faring and developments like these will definitely elevate the entire area. This along with with Victoria North, Strangeways, and other Eastlands, Miles Platting and Newton Heath developments is the way to help Manchester reach that next level and is the way forward!

By Anonymous

I agree with that but you have to have to start with a strong centre. Who 10 years ago would have thought that people would be paying 500k to live in North Manchester. Long may this kind of thing continue.

By Anon

Newton Heath is a shadow of what it was in the 70s, when it had a department store and a thriving market. This is some way from the centre of Newton Heath but there is no reason why Newton Heath cannot thrive like Ancoats. It has a villagey feel, a canal , some decent housing stock and is a bit of an overlooked opportunity.

By Elephant

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