Planning submitted for former Manchester dye works site

Michael Hunt

Blackley Mere Developments, under the trade name Rolincourt, has submitted an outline planning application to Manchester City Council for the redevelopment of a former dye works in Blackley, north Manchester.

Rolincourt plans to transform the former industrial site, off Blackley New Road, into a high quality residential development; including new family homes and retirement flats along with new open space and riverside walkway and cycle path.

In addition, a range of improvements are planned for a nearby reservoir used by a local fishing club.

The outline planning application addresses a range of environmental issues such as flood risk and ecology within a detailed masterplan. A decision on the application is expected by May this year.

Andy Frost, director at Jones Lang La Salle and planning consultant to Rolincourt, said: "Clearly this site is no longer suited to the industrial market. A new and more beneficial use should be found which can regenerate the site and unlock wider benefits for the local community.

"The provision of new family homes and retirement flats, alongside new open space and public access to the riverside, are key features of the masterplan. A range of improvements planned for the remaining reservoir will enhance facilities for Broughton Angling Club as well as providing a visual centrepiece for the development."

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