Two previously-refused schemes, Logik’s tower at Arundel Street and Salboy proposals at Back Turner Street, won approval at Manchester City Council’s planning committee, but CEG’s High Street development was deferred and is now waiting on a further site visit.
Ahead of committee, all three schemes were recommended for approval on the proviso that the developers agreed to make contributions to affordable housing.
Number of storeys: 23 | 8 | 9
Number of apartments: 355
Developer: Logik Developments
Proposals for the 23-storey tower by Andrew Flintoff-fronted developer Logik have been approved after its initial rejection in October last year. Since the refusal, Logik revealed scaled down plans from the original stepped 35-storey tower and 10 storey block which would provide 386 apartments, to a 23-storey tower and 8 and 9 storey blocks that would provide 355 homes.
The residential building was originally rejected due to its impact on the surrounding area of Castlefield and Hulme, with councillors arguing that it would block natural light and cause further congestion because of current travel infrastructure. It was also argued that grade two-listed St George’s Church, the starting point of the Peterloo Massacre, would be directly impacted and “overtaken” by the height of the tower blocks.
Councillors agreed that the developer had listened to their issues and “credit the work put into the revised proposal.”
Councillor for Hulme Lee-Ann Igbon said that “while there have been lots of improvements since the original proposals, like reducing the height of the building and becoming more engaged in the community, the original issues regarding light, traffic, and the imposition of the building on a historical landmark still stand.” Her fellow councillor for Hulme Annette Wright backed Igbon’s stance.
However, the plans were approved with twelve votes for and two against.
Back Turner Street
Number of storeys: 6 | 17
Ground floor commercial space: 1,755 sq ft
Planning consultant: Euan Kellie Property Solutions
Architect: Jon Matthews
Proposals to redevelop the brownfield site at Back Turner street, High Street, and Shudehill have finally been approved after several rejections at various planning committees. Since the rejections, the plans have radically redesigned from the original development of a 13-storey aparthotel into a 17-storey, mixed-use residential building. The new plans also included the restoration of a warehouse site that faces Shudehill and the creation of a pocket park.
Simon Ismail, director at Salboy, said that the developer had “listened to the concerns of the community in regard to keeping with the heritage of the site and the surrounding area.” He argued Salboy had subsequently “developed a new design that is sympathetic to the surrounding architecture of the Northern Quarter.”
The council chambers were awash with contempt at the new plans.
Cllrs Sam Wheeler and Adele Douglas vehemently opposed the new plans, saying that they had received “more complaints over this plan than any other combined,” and that “the reason people come to the Northern Quarter is for the historical characteristics and the industrial heritage, which would be lost with this glass building”.
Cllr Wheeler went on to say that the creation of a pocket park was laughable as he had “seen bigger bus stops.” Andrew Brook, a local representative of other Northern Quarter residents, called the plans “a soulless and cynical attempt to cash in on the growth of the Northern Quarter.”
The plans were approved with eight votes for and five against.
20-36 High Street
Number of apartments: 361
Number of storeys: 22
Retail and leisure space: 12,000 sq ft
Architect: Fielden Clegg Bradley
CEG’s proposals for the demolition of the 1960’s block currently on Manchester’s High Street and its replacement with a 22-storey building were deferred with a motion from Cllr Lyons that requested a site visit before the plans went any further.
The proposals would be for a mixed-used tower, with apartments on the upper floors and retail and leisure units at street level, with a walkway and atrium running through the centre. The market stalls which currently occupy the ground space would be relocated closer to the NCP Car Park.