Council invites residents to share vision for Manchester 2025

Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on its draft strategy document that will steer the city’s policies and investments over the next decade.

The Manchester Strategy aims to establish a “top flight city where people and businesses thrive”. The draft has been produced by Manchester Leaders’ Forum, a group of public, private and community sector leaders from across the city chaired by Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

The draft strategy sets out a vision under five key themes of what Manchester should be; thriving and sustainable, highly skilled, progressive and equitable, liveable and low carbon, and connected.

To read the draft strategy and take part in the consultation visit

People can also share their views on what they would like Manchester to be like by 2025 on social media using the hashtag #mydreammcr.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester has come a long way in the last 20 years, arresting its post-industrial decline and pushing ahead to become a confident, forward-looking city. We’re recognised nationally and internationally as a dynamic place to be.

“But the challenges we face in the next decade are every bit as significant. The world is changing and whether it’s the rise of Asian economies or the opportunities being created through devolution, we need to make sure Manchester is well-placed to realise its potential and to help its people flourish.

“This strategy means nothing unless it reflects the aspirations of Manchester people. We need to hear from them to help shape it and ensure it speaks with an authentic Mancunian voice.”

The consultation on the draft Manchester Strategy is open until 30 October.

To download the draft strategy document click here

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A much more proactive approach to planning would be top of my list. It’s high time mcr threw off the old ‘laissez faire’ culture and set about seriously creating a beautiful, liveable city. Whether this aligns with Howard Bernarein’s slavishly developer-led model remains to be seen. No more First Streets!

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