Manchester City Council is due to approve the development of around 650 homes at its planning committee next week, including two applications for Manchester Life phase one sites in Ancoats and New Islington.
The joint venture between the council and Manchester City FC owner Abu Dhabi United Group plans to deliver a £1bn investment across 6,000 units by 2027. The first phase announced in March, at New Union Street next to the Rochdale Canal and Murrays’ Mill, will bring forward 424 apartments.
The 2.4-acre vacant site at New Union Street has been earmarked for three mixed-use residential buildings of between eight and 10-storeys, totalling 302 apartments. The scheme was designed by RTKL, while Deloitte advised on planning.
Manchester City Council has received 15 objections to the scheme from members of the public. Issues include the height of the buildings, loss of view over the marina and pressure caused on local infrastructure.
At Murrays’ Mill in Bengal Street, Manchester Life has applied for the conversion of the listed warehouse to create 108 flats, alongside a new-build five-storey block with a further 16 flats, and public ream which would see the infilling of canal basin.
The apartments at New Union Street and Murrays’ Mill are both aimed at the rented market.
Meanwhile, planning officers have recommended for approval a 160-apartment scheme by DeTrafford Estates Group on Chester Road.
Designed by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, the proposal includes 154 apartments in one 12-storey block with six ground-floor commercial units, and a second four-storey building with six apartments and two more commercial spaces. The designs feature a community square in the centre of the development.
The apartments are to include a mix of housing types, with three-bedroom triplex apartments and one- and two-bedroom duplex apartments with communal roof terraces.
Lovell Homes is also expected to get sign-off for the development of 164 two- and three-storey homes on an 11-acre site at Ashton Old Road.
The houses will be made up of a mix of 45 two-bedroom, 97 three-bedroom, and 22 four-bedroom properties.
The scheme is part of the neighbourhood plan for Toxteth Street, which was granted outline planning permission in 2006.
The architect and planner for Lovell is PRP Architects.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee is due to meet on Thursday 2 July.