Party goes on for Warehouse Project

Manchester's Warehouse Project has been granted retrospective planning permission to continue to use the under-croft car park on Store Street in the city centre for dance events.

Steven Reynolds from Licensing Legal Solicitors submitted a planning application on behalf of Sacha Lord-Marchionne, director of The Warehouse Project in February.

Knight Frank was appointed during the planning process to provide strategic planning advice on the detail of the dual-use application for the premises.

Harry Spawton, planning partner at Knight Frank, commented: "This site offers the perfect location for The Warehouse Project – in the city centre, close to public transport and away from residential properties. The Warehouse Project has an excellent track record of operating responsibly and working closely with the Police. We spent considerable time with the officers at Manchester City Council to address any potential concerns and I believe this is a great decision for the city."

The Store Street car park is located beneath the approach to Piccadilly Railway Station on the border of Piccadilly Gateway and the Eastern Gateway. The retrospective planning permission was sought for a change of use so that the car park, which will retain its existing use within working hours, can also be used as a music and dance venue at night, on a number of pre-scheduled dates throughout the year.

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