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PLANNING | Manchester gives go-ahead to 1,250 homes

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The approval process went smoothly for major schemes across Manchester, with Capital & Centric and Henry Boot’s £200m Kampus, and Muse and Network Rail’s £150m New Victoria granted planning permission, and the previously controversial Yo! Homes also approved.



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Address: Aytoun Street, Piccadilly, Manchester city centre

Architect: Mecanoo and shedkm

Floors: Two new buildings of 14/16 floors and extension of current 12 storey building to a 15-storey building

Number of apartments: 478

Other features: New public square and retail/restaurant space

Commercial: 30,214 sq ft

Developer: Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Developments

Committee: Unanimously approved with no objections. The approval is for the first phase, with the application to convert the listed Minto & Turner and Minshull House warehouses due by the end of the year. Demolition is set to begin in November.

New Victoria

New Victoria Muse tram

Address: Corporation Street, Victoria, Manchester city centre

Architect: Sheppard Robson

Floors: 8, 20 & 25

Number of apartments: 520

Office Space: 150,000 sq ft

Developer: Muse and Network Rail

Committee: Following some discussion over rubbish disposal and parking, scheme was granted planning consent.

Yo! Homes

Yo Home Glenn Howells

Address: 88 Old Mill Street, New Islington, Manchester city centre

Architect: Glenn Howells

Floors: Six

Number of apartments: 24

Developer: Yo! Ltd

Committee: After its refusal at a colourful planning meeting in August, Yo! Homes was back on the agenda with a revised report from planning officers responding to issues on affordability and parking. Councillors praised the scheme for adding to the mix in the area, and suggested it would be a good model for affordable housing.

Manchester Life, New Islington

Buttress Weavers Quay

Address: Old Mill Street, New Islington, Manchester city centre

Architect: Buttress

Floors: Part 10, part four

Apartments: 201

Developer: Manchester Life

Completion: 2019

Committee: The project came under criticism from councillors, who said it would “loom” over Ancoats Dispensary, and would create further traffic issues in the area. After a debate, approved with two votes to refuse.

H2, Castlefield

H2 Hulme

Address: Former Manchester Regiment Pub, Hulme Hall Road, Castlefield

Architect: Calderpeel

Floors: 8

Number of apartments: 42

Developer: Whitecroft Group

Committee: Unanimously approved, and praised as an “important infill scheme”.

Your Comments

The Manchester Life scheme looks dire. Just what features does it have that raises the bar in any way?

By Cheap not so cheerful

So in 4 weeks the Yo Homes scheme went from being “stupid” and a scheme which should “yo yo back to London where it belongs” to being a scheme “praised for adding to the mix in the area” and a “good model for affordable housing”. That must have been some revised report prepared by the planning officers!

By Anon

thought the same anon… does make you wonder what ticks the boxes doesn’t it!

By Dave

The last one looks like a 60s council block.

By Mary Smiley

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