Manchester mulls CPO at Victoria North
FEC and Manchester City Council are aiming to stitch together a “patchwork quilt of land titles” to pave the way for the delivery of 1,551 homes off Dantzic Street.
The city council’s executive will meet this week to decide whether to authorise the use of compulsory purchase powers to rationalise the fractured land ownership within the seven-acre site.
FEC, which is leading the delivery of the £4bn Victoria North regeneration project, owns the majority of the land needed to develop the Dantzic Street residential scheme. However, some parcels are unregistered with no known legal owner, making the acquisition process trickier.
By using CPO powers, the council would be able to bring the sites under the control of the partnership, mitigating the risks to delivery of the six residential buildings ranging from six to 37 storeys approved earlier this year.
A spokesperson for the city council said: “The council is working in partnership with FEC to deliver a regeneration programme for the Dantzic Street area – part of the wider Victoria North project – that will transform and connect this long-neglected part of the city into the core of conurbation and celebrate the River Irk for the first time in decades.
“Previous and long-gone industrial uses have left behind a patchwork quilt of land titles and the JV are working to resolve these title issues to ensure the area can be regenerated and deliver the intended vision for the neighbourhood – developing new homes, creating new jobs and enhancing green space.
“The Council’s executive has therefore been asked to agree the use of CPO powers should the joint venture partnership wish to rely upon them. This process does not affect any land where the owners are known, nor does it relate to any existing homes or businesses.”