Plot G Castlefield

Castlefield site for sale sparks local opposition

A 0.45-acre grassland plot in the canal basin is being marketed by Savills, with residents group Castlefield Forum strongly against development on the site.

Plot G is the piece of land between Merchants Bridge and The Wharf pub. The land value is estimated at £1.4m, with a deadline for expressions of interest of the 15 October. The freehold is held by Manchester Ship Canal Properties.

The plot has expired planning permission for a six or seven storey block of 45 apartments, or a commercial development with restaurant and hotel.

Castelfield Forum has called on Manchester City Council to retain Plot G as open space by contributing to acquisition and landscaping of the site in partnership with local and public-spirited businesses, developers and residents.

Carol Middleton, chairman of Castlefield Forum, said: "We fought a long, hard and successful five year battle to prevent inappropriate development of the site next to Plot G. It was a 'David & Goliath' victory with the proposals going to public Inquiry, which we and the Council won and the developer lost. They then sold the site to Brunning & Price who now run the stunningly popular pub, The Wharf, on the same site. We would fight an equally hard campaign to prevent inappropriate development of Plot G.

"We welcome new development in Castlefield. We'd love to see new development on the Cantina site by the Bridgewater Viaduct or along Bridgewater Street, and phases three and four of Potato Wharf. But Plot G is different. It lies at the heart of the canal basin. Keeping it as open space is crucial to the openness and parkland aspect of the area. Castlefield basin is truly unique, a jewel in Manchester's crown that should be protected for the present and future."

Your Comments

Which part of city centre living do these people not understand. If everybody had the same opinion they would not be living where they are living. If they want green space tell them to move to Hattersley, lots up there!

By Peter Wall

Sounds like an Asset of Community Value to me…

By Interested Party

Peter – City Centre living does not mean every part of green space in the centre needs destroying… regardless of whether you’re a local resident or not, do you want every piece of open space building on? I think not! This won’t get though planning easily.

By Local business

Castlefield is a magnet in the summer for people coming to visit and relax, use the local shops, bars and of course, the market. With less and less open space available to relax and enjoy the environment, the unique environment that is part of the urban heritage park, then this will create a negative effect on the area.
Peter – urban spaces are not just about building high rise buildings on every inch, for urban areas to prosper and survive, they also need to be mix use and attract visitors – and visitors should be encouraged to visit and enjoy an area so important in the city’s history – This plot sits in a prime position in the centre of it – The only green space like it.
There are many other unused areas surrounding and in castlefield itself, such as the area bordering Chester Road/Bridgewater viaduct, which is perfect for further development, and is land which is not use and boarded off.
I think if this plan goes ahead it will be a great shame for the area and negatively impact it.

By Castlefiled Visitor

Build another pub – look how much busier the beer garden is in the pic.

By mancboi

Peter lets fill in the canal as well, i think we could get a few hundred units in there…

By peter roof

"Which part of city centre living do these people not understand?". Probably the part that says that our city leaders prefer to build or concrete every square foot of our green space. Our beloved Council should take a trip Westward down the M62 to see how a city can grow in a high quality manner.

By Ian Jones

Green areas is an important part of living in the city. I can take my children and have a wonderful time. The city centre is for family too and I think the council should star thinking in opening schools and nurseries to encourage more families in the heart of the city.This green part of the castlefield area is part of our open spaces that we can enjoy with out worring of crossing streets

By livingincastlefield

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