Former Reno nightclub MCC p.Google Earth snapshot

The homes would be built on sites off Princess Road. Credit: Google Earth

Manchester, MSV progress plans for 350 Moss Side homes 

A clutch of derelict Manchester sites, including the former Reno nightclub on Princess Road, could be redeveloped under proposals put forward by the housing association and the city council. 

Around 350 homes could be developed across four sites in Moss Side to cater for the area’s rapidly growing population. 

Manchester City Council and Mosscare St Vincent’s are in the early stages of drawing up plans for the plots and are seeking feedback from residents to shape the proposals. 

Under the plans, derelict land at the site of the former Reno nightclub and neighbouring sites at Barnhill Street, Westwood Street, and Raby Street could be turned into a mix of multigenerational family homes and apartments. 

The partnership will also be looking at how it could develop the site at the Greenheys Adult Learning Centre into homes, with the services currently delivered from Greenheys being transferred to one of the four sites being developed. 

Once the plans for the sites have been developed, a formal consultation period on the designs will begin later in the spring ahead of proposals being submitted to the city council in the summer. 

Rachel O’Connor, development director at MSV, said it is “vital” to involve the local community in discussions over future plans. 

“Over the next few months, we’ll be out in the community talking to as many people as possible about what they’d like to see and how they can get involved in shaping the proposals,” she said. 

Cllr Gavin White, executive member for housing and development at Manchester City Council, added: “These are exciting times for the Moss Side area and the plans show our continued commitment to investing in the community,”. 

“It’s important that we continue to invest in the future of our city by increasing the amount of affordable housing available across our neighbourhoods.” 

As well as developing new homes, MSV – which is in talks with Great Places over a potential merger – is planning to invest in its existing properties in Moss Side. 

“We’re still in conversations about the potential merger and we are excited about the benefits it will bring for our customers, communities and future customers, and the long-term resilience of the merged business,” said MSV chief executive Charlie Norman. 

“All being well, if the merger goes ahead, it could unlock millions of pounds in new money to invest in communities. Long-term plans such as these show that MSV’s work in areas such as Moss Side and our combined investment in the North will continue to be our priority.” 

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I note the reference within the article to ‘affordable housing’ :

It’s important that we continue to invest in the future of our city by increasing the amount of affordable housing available across our neighbourhoods.”

Affordable Housing is always presented as the solution being delivered, unfirtunatley, it has little to NO relationship to the requirements of truly affordable housing which is of course Social Housing which meets the Local Housing Allowance.

Please, can you advise how many of the proposed 350 homes here will be for the benefit of Social Housing tenants, often referred to as the Forgotten People 🙏

By Anonymous

I do hope every local resident has an opportunity to view the plans and participate in any discussions and not just a chosen few.

By Sylvia Llewellyn Valentine

MSV are a very worthy organisation. This is good news for Manchester.

By Elephant

Hiya I think this a wonderful idea and will bring new poeple to the area of moss side. I would even consider moving in to one of them as it brings me back to my child hood area

By Andrew Alveranga

MSV are great for bringing affordable housing to our ward but the reality is we have a ridiculously high percentage of perfectly good family homes already in the area currently operating as HMOs & Air BnBs & a lot of them illegally. The lack of enforcement leads to a transient neighbourhood resulting in broken communities.

What is happening in Moss Side is more & more of our open spaces that could be used as green areas for a ward that has a tiny park and lots of small concreted backyards is being built on & then again not managed well enough to stop the massive influx of private landlords.

Also worth mentioning that residents who already live close to the Heineken factory have complained about the noise & air pollution coming from it (on top of the pollution from Princess Parkway on the other side). Is it really sensible to build more housing next to it? What quality of life are we going to be giving to these residents?

Moss Side is NOT being invested in, it is being taken advantage of.

By Anonymous

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