The site is located close to the grade two-listed lock 13. Credit: via planning docs

MCI presses on with 115 East Manchester homes

Plans to redevelop a site on the banks of the Ashton Canal in Openshaw into a mix of houses and apartments have been lodged with the city council. 

MCI Developments, part of the Keepmoat group of companies, wants to build 70 houses and 45 apartments on the five-acre Openshaw plot, located close to the canal’s grade two-listed Lock 13. 

The site is currently occupied by derelict industrial buildings associated with the former Crabtree Forge. 

MCI proposes creating 45 one- and two-bedroom flats within a trio of three-storey apartment blocks at the northern end of the site looking over the Ashton Canal. 

The houses would provide a mix of two-, three, and four-bedroom properties. 

A total of 15 of the homes would be affordable under the plans. 

Euan Kellie Property Solutions is advising on planning, and Baldwin Design Consultancy has drawn up the plans. 

“Our aim is to regenerate the area and breathe new life into the brownfield land that’s been left derelict for many years.,” said Alex Wood, regional managing director at MCI Developments.

“The site is in a great location, overlooking the canal, and is well positioned with great transport links to Manchester and beyond. If our plans are approved, the disused factory will be transformed into 115 homes, comprising a mix of affordable housing, private rented accommodation, along with homes for private sale.”

To find out more about the plans, search Manchester City Council’s planning portal using reference number 134463/FO/2022.

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What’s the planning application reference?

Like all canalside developments, this is a once-in-a-generation chance to improve the width and quality of the towpath. Every development that chooses to give a couple of metres extra space, and avoids fencing off the canal, helps the possibility of a future where the Ashton Canal is a safe, attractive green space and active travel corridor into town. In ten years’ time that could be a big draw for East Manchester homebuyers…

By W

    Hi W,

    Planning reference has now been added.

    best wishes, Dan

    By Dan Whelan

Out of 115 dwelling only 15 affordable dwellings it should be the other way round

By Anonymous

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