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PLANNING | Blow for Logik’s Manchester tower plan

Logik, the Andrew Flintoff-fronted developer, will have to try again after the application for its scheme in Castlefield, dominated by a 35-storey tower, received a ‘minded to refuse’ verdict at September’s planning committee.

Members were deadlocked at five votes for and against approval, causing chairman Cllr David Ellison to break with habit and vote. After taking advice, he returned to the committee and declared that he was minded to refuse, on the grounds of the scheme’s potential impacts on  the Castlefield conservation area, the listed St George’s church and local residents.

Louise Pullen, representing a local residents’ group, and Cllr Annette Wright, a Hulme ward councillor, spoke against the scheme on its size, lack of family provision, lack of parking and lack of affordable provision. Cllr James Wilson added his voice to these concerns, saying reading the officers’ report on the scheme had made him wonder “what is the point of having conservation areas?”

Dave Roscoe, the city council’s planning development manager, argued that development of the site, in “a pretty poor part of the conservation area, with low-quality industrial buildings” is necessary, suggesting that the scheme forms part of a chain of projects along the Mancunian Way that taken together are “repairing the scar across the city” that that road caused.

Schemes including the development of a foodhall and deli at Albert Road in Levenshulme, a replacement school in Gorton Mount, and Beech’s aparthotel at One Alpha Place passed untroubled. The proposal for housing on the site of the Old House at Home pub in West Didsbury was also given the green light, at the second time of asking.

The plans by Bellmac for a build to rent residential project on the surface car park at 57-59 Ducie Street were also approved, although not without strident points being made about the lack of affordable housing provision both here and elsewhere. It was argued that the city needs to do more to make viability assessments accessible, in order to address “a massive corrosion of trust in the city,” a point Ellison said it addressing.

Bellmac director Mike McManus, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for our first major scheme in Manchester city centre and are hoping to start on site in Q1 2019. Alongside this project we have three other schemes in Salford which are currently on site, and have a number of other major residential projects in the pipeline across the North West.”


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Developer: Logik Developments

Architect: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Planner: Deloitte

Storeys: 35 and 10.

Apartments: 386

Scheme: The Castlefield scheme includes a 35-storey tower facing the Mancunian Way, which will contain a total of 159 apartments, well as a roof terrace. The 10-storey building contains 215 apartments, as well as 2,400 sq ft of commercial space, while the existing four-storey DOT Building, which is not listed but designated as a local heritage asset, is set to include 12 apartments and 1,700 sq ft of ground floor commercial space.


Lomax Street


Lomax Street

Developer: Bellmac

Architect: Tim Groom Architects

Planner: Euan Kellie Property Solutions

Storeys: Seven to eight

Apartments: 41

Scheme: The site currently houses a 31-space surface level car park. Formed of two adjoining blocks, the development’s massing steps down to seven storeys on its Lomax Street frontage with a communal roof terrace planned for this elevation. A cycle store is planned for the Lomax Street side of the building while there are also proposals to improve the streets and street furniture around the development.

Old House at Home site, Burton Road

Old House At Home Didsburyt

Developer: Britannia

Architect: OMI

Planner: NJL

Houses: 12

Scheme: The proposal for four-bedroom family homes at the site of a well known Didsbury pub that closed in 2017 was previously refused due to committee concerns regarding over-development and loss of privacy. OMI’s Dave McCall addressed the committee meeting to dispel its concerns.

Sorting Office, Levenshulme

Sorting OfficeDeveloper and architect: Ecospheric

Planner: Creative Planning

Scheme: A foodhall with 80 covers and 6 vendor units and microbrewery, along with community space, at the 1920s-built former post office and sorting depot in Albert Road, Levenshulme, with a deli in the former public Post Office.

1 Alpha Place

Beech Aparthotel Alpha Street

Developer: Beech Holdings

Planner: Paul Butler Associates

Storeys: Seven

Aparthotel units: 59

Scheme: The Knott Mill site is bound by Alpha Place, Jordan Street, Commercial Street and buildings that front onto Commercial Street and Constance Street. The lack of parking was deemed acceptable in an area well served by public transport and car parks.

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Really hope that Logik development is refused – its a decent looking tower, but is totally in the wrong place. I fact, I would say the location is bordering on the ridiculous….they simply shouldn’t be allowed to build it.

By coolmanc

Freddie has just been bowled a googly.


These reports on MCC’s committees are excellent. Well done PNW.

By Lee

As a Castlefield resident whose view would be massively impacted by the Logik tower, I actually don’t mind that aspect of it too much – I did choose to live in a city after all and can hardly complain that it’s too built up around me. Wasn’t quite banking on something quite that huge, but hey. Worth remembering though that the ‘low quality industrial buildings’ Roscoe is talking about doesn’t just include the DOT building, it also includes an incredibly popular gym

By KelsoB

Shame about the Logik Tower.

Not sure why it’s in an inappropriate location, when there are several other tall buildings nearby, including the Crown Street Tower at 55 storeys across the road.

I suspect they will win at appeal if they go down that route.


On Logik, it’s good to see that the committee are showing some sound judgement when the officers have clearly lost the plot.

By Gene Walker

It loks ridiculous in that location. Why did MCC not tell them there was no chance for such a large scheme on such a small site. Would have saved everyone/Logik a lot of money.

By ChesneyT

The Logik tower should have been approved. The grouping of tall resi towers in that part of the city is sensible planning.

By Millenial

TGA buildings all looking the same…

By Guy Martin

Quite like the Logik.People are now moaning about the sensibilities of Hulme.You would think that they were building this next to the Royal crescent in Bath.I despair at the Castlefield gestapo.

By Elephant

Dave Roscoe, the city council’s planning development manager, argued that development of the site, in “a pretty poor part of the conservation area, with low-quality industrial buildings” is necessary, suggesting that the scheme forms part of a chain of projects along the Mancunian Way that taken together are “repairing the scar across the city” that that road caused.

Is this in a policy somewhere?

By Curly

@Curly – I think it’s a ‘strategic vision’ rather than a policy… I’m not sure it’s actually written down anywhere.

By NWPlanner

Logik have tried ‘flipping’ that site to me (and others) twice, they won’t deliver it and shouldn’t get a consent for it unless they have to deliver it

By A developer