Dandara Living has launched a public consultation to turn part of an underutilised car park in East Didsbury into a seven-storey apartment complex.
According to Dandara, multiple studies have confirmed that the 332-space car park at the Parrs Wood Tesco Superstore only has a maximum of 211 cars when it is busiest. The proposed development will take away 71 of those spaces, leaving the Tesco car park with 261 which still means there is a surplus of 50 spots during peak times.
Architects Hodder and Partners designed the Dandara scheme, which is named Blackbird Yard.
Blackbird Yard will be a large L-shaped building covered in grey brick. Of the 95 proposed apartments, 32 will be one-bedroom flats, 51 will have two bedrooms and 12 will have three bedrooms. Each flat would have its own private terrace or balcony, built-in wardrobes and integrated kitchen appliances.
Dandara said that it is committed to providing 20% affordable housing as part of the scheme, with those units being offered at a discounted rent.
The building will also have a community space on the ground floor.
Active travel will be encouraged, with Dandara providing 95 cycle spaces. Designed to be suitable for tenants without cars, the scheme itself is close to public transport links including the East Didsbury Metrolink station and East Didsbury rail station.
The company plans on having a car club onsite as well, which would provide another alternative to car ownership.
Those who do have cars will have parking, with 27 parking spaces included in the site plans.
While Dandara will plan on removing 21 small and medium trees in the car park in order to enable building works, the developer said it would plant 36 new trees to replace them and improve the biodiversity in the area.
“Following the success of our Chapel Wharf development in Salford, we’re delighted to be unveiling these proposals to bring a Dandara Living scheme to the thriving East Didsbury community,” said Dandara planning director Rachel Allwood.
“The site is ideally located with neighbourhood facilities on the doorstep and quick and easy access into the city centre via public transport.
“We appreciate that local people will have questions about our plans,” Allwood continued. “We’re looking forward to discussing our ideas as part of this pre-application consultation and working in partnership with the local community to refine our plans.”
The consultation is open until 9 December, with Dandara hoping to submit a planning application in early 2022. Learn more about Blackbird Yard at blackbirdyard.info.