Blears approves Miles Platting CPO

Michael Hunt

Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has approved the compulsory purchase of land and buildings to make way for major developments in Miles Platting, east Manchester.

A programme of housing improvements is already taking place in the Miles Platting area through the Renaissance Consortium on behalf of Manchester City Council and New East Manchester.

The announcement made today clears the way for further stages of the regeneration programme over the next ten years, including building more than 1,000 homes to attract new people to the area. A further 1,500 existing properties are also to be improved.

Eddie Smith, chief executive of New East Manchester, said: "Another key part of the regeneration of Miles Platting will be the development of a new Neighbourhood Centre at the junction of Varley Street and Oldham Road, including shops and other public and community services in a new Joint Service Centre. The centre will accommodate a new library, housing office and local health services."

A new Park View primary school, including a foundation unit for 420 pupils plus 60 nursery places, is planned for the site of the old St Mark's Primary School on Holland Street. Park View replaces St Mark's and the old Nicholas Varley primary school.

It will be next to the £850,000 Sure Start Centre on Holland Street, which opened in April last year.

Work on transforming the Miles Platting area is being led by a partnership of the Renaissance Consortium, Manchester City Council, New East Manchester and NHS Manchester.

The Miles Platting housing regeneration programme is managed by Manchester City Council and New East Manchester and funded through the Private Finance Initiative.

The regeneration work is being carried out by Renaissance, made up of housing regeneration specialist Lovell, Adactus Housing Association and Investors in the Community.

The case for the compulsory purchase of land and buildings was considered at a public local inquiry held at the Mechanics' Institute in Manchester in July last year.

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