Manchester changes tune on refused Parrs Wood resi
After refusing Dandara’s plans for the 75-apartment Blackbird Yard last year, the city council has decided not contest the matter at appeal.
Having reviewed additional information supplied by the developer in relation to the scheme’s impact on highways and parking, Manchester City Council has accepted that the development is acceptable.
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said the city council is “satisfied that the further information addresses the three reasons of refusal set out within its original decision notice”.
“As such, the city council has concluded that it does not wish to contest the reasons for refusal and will only be at the inquiry in an assisting capacity to the planning inspector.”
In addition, a statement submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the city council states that the additional information and evidence provided by Dandara “has demonstrated that the proposals would not give rise to unacceptable impacts on congestion on the highway network…[or]harmful levels of development-related parking on nearby residential streets.”
The additional information, provided by Curtins, addresses concerns around parking and congestion on local roads.
In terms of parking, Manchester City Council was worried that the lack of on-site parking included in the scheme would result in an unacceptable increase in on-street parking nearby, impacting residents.
A report by Curtins disproves this, stating that “there is demonstrable spare capacity on-street within walking distance of the site”, adding that “any impacts on residential amenity would be minimal”.
In terms of highways, Dandara has always maintained that the impact on local roads would be minimal. However, the city council requested more up-to-date modelling than the original traffic assessment, which was drawn up using data from September 2021.
Curtins has since provided data from surrounding roads from November 2022 that reached “exactly the same conclusions” as the original report, namely that the impact of the proposed development on the operation of the local highway network would be minimal.
It is understood an inquiry will still go ahead and a final decision on the matter will be taken by the planning inspector.
Manchester City Council rejected Dandara’s plans to redevelop part of the Tesco car park in Parrs Wood last year. The reasons for refusal were as follows:
- The proposal is for a high-density form of residential development outside of an identified district centre that does not address the housing needs of the area
- The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposed development would not give rise to unacceptable impacts to congestion on the highway network.
- The proposals fail to provide an adequate level of on-site car parking to serve the proposed residential units – 36 spaces are proposed.
Designed by Hodder + Partners, the project would be constructed on part of the existing Tesco car park, resulting 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.
To learn more, search for application reference number 133746/FO/2022 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.