The Black Boy on Bowland Road has been given a reprieve after Manchester City Council refused a planning application to demolish the pub and replace it with 30 apartments.
CP Property & Development had put forward plans to redevelop the site, which was the scene of an arson attack in 2015, although the pub continues to trade.
The developer proposed demolition of the pub and replacing it with a three-storey apartment block on Bowland Road, between Roundthorn and Martinscroft Metrolink stops, including 26 two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments. These would be available for private rent, with no provision for affordable homes.
A planning application was put forward in May last year, but Manchester City Council planning officers have now decided to refuse the scheme under delegated powers.
The outline application was knocked back on 3 July, with officers refusing the scheme based on the housing mix and the size of the building.
Planners said: “The proposed development in the form of apartments does not meet the requirement to deliver family housing within this area of Wythenshawe where housing demand and need assessments has identified a shortage of family housing. The application has failed to demonstrate that there is demand for the type of accommodation proposed”.
The planner’s report also added the proposal would be “overdevelopment“ of the site given its “high density, built form, layout, and lack of private amenity space”. This, the report argued, would “have a detrimental impact upon the levels of visual amenity enjoyed within the vicinity of the site and the overall character of the area”.
The team on the project also includes Garner Town Planning and architect 4mation.