Developer ECS Capital is to build a 40-unit residential scheme in the Manchester suburb, designed by the architecture studio Falconer Chester Hall and approved after the original application was tweaked.
The scheme is to sit on the site of the former Greenwood pub on the corner of Greenwood Road and Gladeside Road, acquired by Warrington-based investor ECS from Maxstretti Homes in February 2019.
Maxstretti had already submitted an application to build homes on the site. However, ECS lodged revised plans in May that year, only to withdraw them later to conduct a design review that underpinned the final application, which has now been approved by Manchester City Council.
Under the plans, ECS will build 25 one-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom homes, each designed to “nationally described” space standards, the developer said.
The scheme also includes 30 car parking spaces, of which three will be provided at ground level and the remainder in the building’s basement. Cycle storage for 40 bikes, a rear garden and a main lobby are also included.
Work is expected to start on site in the spring.
Geoff Underhill, company solicitor and spokesman for ECS Capital, said: “Our focus on enhancing the design and material palette has been time well spent, and it’s great to see that recognised with this consent.”
And Mike Gore, director of the Manchester studio of Falconer Chester Hall, added: “We’ve developed a more contemporary façade that draws on the area’s predominantly red brick characteristics and the development sits very well in its plot.
“It’s a pleasing addition to the local streetscape.”
ECS worked with a local housing association to design the scheme around its preferred mix of homes and tenure, focussing on affordable product, it said. The company did not reveal the name of the housing association.
The planning consultancy for the scheme was SatPlan, while Layer advised on landscaping and law firm Abacus Solicitors advised on the legal aspects of the project. The traffic consultancy was Mode.