Latest Victoria North scheme advances

Plans for 30 affordable homes in South Collyhurst have been lodged by Manchester City Council and Far East Consortium, its partner for the Victoria North masterplan.

The council said that the proposals follow extensive consultation and engagement with local residents and will incorporate a mix of townhouses and low-rise apartments, with low carbon family housing central to the designs.

The proposals, designed by Buttress Architects, include 14 three-bedroom houses, 4 three-bedroom duplex apartments, 1 two-bedroom duplex apartment, and 11 two-bedroom apartments.

This tranche of housing follows the 244 homes, including 100 for social rent, currently being considered for approval by the local planning authority as part of the joint venture’s neighbouring Collyhurst Village development – plans for which include a new 3.2-acre park.

Collyhurst Village’s masterplan also includes almost 2,000 sq ft of neighbourhood-focused commercial and retail space. More than 450 trees are expected to be planted as part of a network of green links to the surrounding village.

A separate planning application for Collyhurst Village was submitted in February. Enabling works for the scheme, supported by the government’s £400m Brownfield Housing Fund and delivered by Manchester contractor LK Group, have started on site.

The two new neighbourhood developments are part of the wider £4bn Victoria North project, formerly billed as Northern Gateway, which will deliver up to 15,000 new homes over the next 15 years.

Independently of the MCC/FEC tie-up, projects advancing in the area include a 90-apartment Cert sheme on Oldham Road.

Victoria Hunter, development manager at Far East Consortium, said: “Following extensive planning and consultation, we’re pleased to see both proposals for Collyhurst now under consideration.

“Together, they form a vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood which will celebrate the existing community and create new transport connections and green spaces, improve amenities and, ultimately, deliver high-quality housing that serves the needs of local residents.”

Avison Young is the planning consultant.

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