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Collyhurst featured heavily in the recent BBC series Manctopia

Collyhurst proposals aired as Northern Gateway advances

Neil Tague

The next phase of consultation has begun with local residents, businesses and groups on Manchester’s Northern Gateway proposals, ahead of plans being submitted for the first 270 new homes in Collyhurst.

Initial consultation took place in February of this year on a proposal for housing split across two neighbourhoods, Collyhurst Village and South Collyhurst. This phase of development will also include 130 council homes for social rent, a topic that was aired prominently in the recent BBC series Manctopia.

Collyhurst is a key part of the Northern Gateway, the £1bn masterplan to deliver 15,000 homes over 15 to 20 years to the north of the city centre, which is being advanced by Manchester City Council and its partner Far East Consortium. Earlier this month, FEC launched its search for an affordable housing partner for the Red Bank part of the Northern Gateway.

The partners said that through previous dialogue, residents have expressed a preference for a mix of new homes, including accessible housing, family-friendly and age-friendly designs, alongside attractive residential streets, with a focus on safety and security. This phase of engagement is intended to provide more detailed information about the different types of homes that will be available.

Proposals for Collyhurst Village also include a new park and as part of the consultation, local people are asked to consider what should be included within this space. The majority of the land required for the first phase of development is ready to build new homes on.

The wider proposals for the area – including the new park – could require the demolition of up to 28 existing homes. Residents who are affected by the plans have already been contacted and are to be supported in moving into the new homes.

MCC and FEC stressed that no existing homes will be demolished in Collyhurst until the new replacement homes have been built.

The consultation will be in line with Covid-related public health regulations, with methods of examining the plans including a virtual exhibition.

Final proposals that will form the planning application for the first phase of development within Collyhurst will be presented to the local community later this year ahead of planning submission.

The consultation will close on Friday 16 October.

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Wow looks like a vibrant new neighbourhood. Completely outclasses the new neighbourhoods i’m seeing where I live :-(

By Liverpool Romances

Looks really promising, beautiful pond and green space too. It is nice to see streets being formed rather than a labyrinth of a standard housing estate. The issue is though at what cost to the local community does this Utopian scheme come at?

By SF85UK

I thought Manchester was up and coming so why are they building council houses? Sounds more like a race to the bottom..

By Floyd

These new social (council houses) should go FIRST to the citizens around that area that is getting bulldozed. There should give the nice lady Ann Worthington on manctopia (the Tim heatley programme) the first house and the council should help her do the garden.

By Darren born bred.

Looks great.

By Anon

This is going to be the size of Lancaster when finished. Unlike the poor areas of South Manchester, which still have a vibrancy, these places up Rochdale and Oldham roads are desperately depressing places and putting a couple of nice locals on Manctopia does not paint a proper picture.I work in Moston and nobody gives a damn. The streets are filthy and with a few exceptions the houses are neglected.Crime is rife, with local youths breaking into cars in broad daylight. Getting professional people to leave Chorlton, Prestwich and Didsbury to move there. Good luck is all I can say.

By Elephant

I have to say the gentrification of Manchester, along with government largesse to make Manchester into London’s mini me, is having a negative impact on the real people of Manchester..

Families want gardens and space, not high rise apartments which are alienating. We know Manchester doesn’t and never will have Liverpool’s grandeur, even though it wishes it had.

By Liverpool romance

Looks quite dense from that image.

By Oscar

You can change a place but you cannot change the people.

By Floyd

Other areas too need homes for social rent; one could forget what social landlords were created for. They have spent most of the last 30 years thinking they are champagne charlie developers. Like the park and open spaces, but where are the other facilities, like doctors, local shops, etc.

By Billy

If I’m reading this image correctly, the majority of houses back onto courtyards, presumably for parking. This has been trialed in numerous schemes in the past decade and has failed. The private rear gardens require high solid fences or walls (1.8m+), consequently the courtyards are pretty soulless unloved places.

By Dave McCall

If it looks anything like the image, it will look great. Pleased that it’s not more high rise flats anyway. Cities need a good mix and that seems to do it.

By Derek

Looks good

By Victoria carr

Looks like they are building more residential dead zones close to central Manchester. Where’s the active frontages, cafe’s, restaurants, retail space etc? Quiet and dead streets should not be placed here. It kills city centres. European cities have more vibrancy as they leave this sort of development for the suburbs. This is a wasted opportunity.

By Richard