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The city has seen large-scale developments, such as Renaker's Deansgate Square, since the strategy launched

Manchester to review 10-year city vision

Sarah Townsend

The council aims to update the Our Manchester Strategy, launched in 2016 as a blueprint for creating a healthy and prosperous global city by 2025.

Almost half a decade later, Manchester residents and businesses are being asked to supply feedback on how well the strategy is being implemented and what it has achieved to date.

Manchester City Council is seeking responses to a survey, called Our Future Manchester, which launched this week and runs until 23 September.

“Now is the opportunity to help reset the Our Manchester Strategy to make sure it works for the entire city,” the council said in a statement. The review is one of the first pieces of work to be part-overseen by Louise Wyman, Manchester City Council’s new strategic director of growth and development, who took up the post in June.

She told Place North West in an interview last month that as well as the Our Manchester Strategy, she also intends to refresh the Manchester Industrial Strategy, drafted last year with the intention of developing a more inclusive economy. Her ideas on future planning and development policy will also influence the Manchester Local Plan.

The city council said: “Strategy reset comes at a crucial time to ask residents how the city can become a better place for everyone, as Manchester moves beyond the pandemic.

“The basic principles of the Our Manchester vision hold firm, but it is understandable that as a city – and as individuals – our values and what is considered important may have changed. This is why taking a look at the plan for the city now is so important.”

The five principles of the strategy – and the chapters into which it is divided – are that the city should be:

  • Progressive and equitable, with improving public health, progress on devolution, and support for homeless people and other vulnerable groups
  • Thriving and sustainable, building on strengths such as life sciences and advanced materials such as graphene, at business hubs including Airport City and the Oxford Road Corridor
  • Liveable and low carbon, with investment in renewables, good quality housing in clean and cohesive neighbourhoods, and promotion of walking and cycling
  • Highly skilled, nurturing and attracting the talent needed to sustain economic success
  • Connected, with an “integrated, smart, clean transport network that reflects the city’s changing shape and the way people move around it”

The survey asks for feedback from the public about how the city is progressing in each of these fields, and notes that “our city still needs to be”:

  • Thriving — creating great jobs and healthy businesses people benefit from
  • Filled with talent – homegrown in all our local communities as well as the world’s best
  • Fair — with equal chances for all to unlock their potential, no matter where in our city they are born, or live
  • A great place to live — with lots to do, leading the way to a low-carbon future that creates new opportunities for our residents
  • Buzzing with connections — world-class transport and broadband infrastructure that enable Mancunians to get ahead.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The Our Manchester Strategy is a plan for the city that needs to work for us all and improve the life chances of everyone who lives and works in the city.

Sir Richard Leese Manchester City Council

Council leader Sir Richard Leese

“However, we know there are still areas where people are more disadvantaged than others, so clearly there is more to be done to reach those people.

“A successful city is one where no one is left behind, where everyone has a share of the city’s economic success, access to better paid jobs, education and training, and has a safe and secure place to live – with an expectation for high sustainability and low carbon standards.

“Covid-19 has undoubtedly set us back and puts into sharper relief the importance of a city plan that can help us recover as quickly as possible, for the benefit of every Manchester person.”

The council analyses progress made in the key areas of the strategy each year in its State of the City reports.

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What Manchester wants Manchester will get. The corridors of power will see to that.

By Pool08

The vision in Manchester should be clear. The City centre should be built up rapidly in order to close the gap with London with brand new office, residential and commercial spaces. The Deansgate(ish) area containing the First Street development, Castlefield and Spinningfields should be connected in sort to become the “CBD” of Manchester. In an LA esque manner, there should be ambitions for the City Centre to grow and sprawl out to the East to meet the A6010 adn encompass the Etihad and surrounding area, to the North the include the areas of Cheetwood & Smedly and to the West to pretty much incorporate all of Ordsall and Salford Quays within the City Centre. Finally, MAJOR gentrification is needed across most of the area contained within the M60 in order to improve areas and push the Manchester riff-raff away, so that Manchester is a place where people want to come not only to work but also to live.

By Don'tLikeItYouKnowWhereTheDoorIs

Aww! Pool08, do I detect a tad of jealousy somewhere?

By Simon Calvert

Whilst the city centre has seen transformational change, there are many areas with long-term generational deprivation that have been forgotten. Any rework of the strategy should focus on unlocking potential and opportunity for those communities.

By JW

No doubt the strategy will involve all new landmark buildings being designed by the three usual suspects….

By Anon

Every thing is great as it should be except the strategy of rubbish collecting and littering.

By Ahmed fraij Hassan

Manchester needs to sort its doughnut ring out particularly North Manchester. It is absolutely horrific. I was in Harpurhey and Moston last week, the place was filthy, with tatty, neglected terraced houses and absolutely no local pride. There were old beds just thrown down the back alleys and overflowing bins. It needs knocking down and rebuilding. There is very little to salvage. Utterly shocking and shame on the inhabitants and MCC. Get some pride.

By Elephant

Don’t like it you know where the door is .@. It’s called social cleansing getting rid of the so called “riff raff” as you call it.. You say getting ordsall and the Salford quays into Manchester, won’t happen.

By Darren born bred.

Build more tall buildings and create a skyline.Clean all buildings.Build over piccadily gardens and relocate it somewhere else.

By jack

Darren, genuine working class Salford people have no tolerance for filthy people who fly tip everywhere and have no pride in their community either. Your attempt to portray ordinary Salford people like that is deeply patronising and insulting.

By Real Daz Salford

What’s the underlying reason for this strategy reset?

I hope it’s not because Auntie Louise has some [unusual] ideas?

By North by North-West

@Darren, ‘Social Cleansing’ is exactly what it is. Aside from the City Centre, the Trafford centre and at a push Didsbury, there are no areas of Manchester outsiders would visit or even feel safe being in. The surrounding areas of MCC are overwhelmed with riff-raff, and dare I say it chavs. It’s not rude, or patronising @Real Daz, or ‘being a Tory’, I’m working class myself, it is what it is. Ask an outsider what they think of Manchester as a place and they’d probably tell you it’s nice, ask them what they think of Mancs and it’s a completely different story. It’s time for that narrative to change and for Manchester to thought of as a nice place not only aesthetically but also a place where people from outside can come and start families. I see areas such as Harpurhey and Moston being mentioned. Imagine what potential these areas could have with major gentrification. There are countless areas like this within the M60. Finally, my point about Ordsall was to essentially bulldoze the remaining council houses that are there and build brand new developments like those that border the Irwell on the Castlefield side.

By Don'tLikeItYouKnowWhereTheDoorIs

@ Don’t like it you know where the door is @ . You can’t just bulldoze places like ordsall and get rid as the “riff raff” as you say.. I’m not from ordsall, but I know quite a few people down there and they are the “salt of the earth” best people ever, 99% of ordsall people are good, it’s a good council estate. My mother and dad met in ordsall park in the mid 1960s and I’ve still got family ties to ordsall. You can’t just bulldoze it or as you say “social cleansing”. Also ordsall and the Salford quays will always be in the city of Salford, not Manchester.

By Darren born bred.

I agree with Jack,,,,,,,,,,M/CR city centre is a mix of new glass & steel structures, filthy buildings and rotting street furniture. This is all too apparent on my daily walk from Piccadilly Gardens to Blackfriars street, Residents of the upmarket Aparthotel on Chapel Street, which was completed around two years ago, are forced to look at filthy neighbours, for example the Premier Inn North Tower, which last had a lick of masonry paint around 15 years ago. Similarly, residents at No.1 Deansgate, one of the most luxurious addresses in the City, have the filthy Brutalist designed Renaissance Hotel for company, which also badly needs re-cladding or a paint job.

By Bilderburg Attendee

Progress Progress progress, that’s what it’s called. Building skyscrapers 30 storeys to 60 storeys high in the clouds.

By Bobby