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.
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.
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.
Address: 88 Old Mill Street, New Islington, Manchester city centre
Architect: Glenn Howells
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
Address: Old Mill Street, New Islington, Manchester city centre
Floors: Part 10, part four
Developer: Manchester Life
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.
Address: Former Manchester Regiment Pub, Hulme Hall Road, Castlefield
Number of apartments: 42
Developer: Whitecroft Group
Committee: Unanimously approved, and praised as an “important infill scheme”.