A joint planning application from housebuilder Countryside and asset manager SCP Investments has been lodged with Manchester City Council to build 247 homes at the Belle Vue greyhound stadium in Gorton.
The application for the 11.9-acre Kirkmanshulme Lane site outlines proposals for dwellings ranging from one to four bedrooms available for private rent, shared ownership and open market sale.
The site is still used for racing and is leased by the Greyhound Racing Association from owner Crown Oil Pension Fund – an entity that exists independently of Crown Oil, and is asset-managed by SCPI. The first purpose-built greyhound track in the country, it has operated since 1926 but with the sport in long-term decline has been reduced to one meeting with paying spectators per week, along with two morning meetings..
The end of racing at Belle Vue would be the latest in a series of closures around the country, with tracks sold for housing and other development including the high-profile Wimbledon track, which shut in March 2017. Locally, this year plans have been submitted at a former track in Westhoughton by Sparkle Developments.
Subject to planning, development of the Belle Vue site will include the demolition of existing buildings to make way for 167 two-storey houses and a range of 80 apartments across three and four-storey buildings.
John Grealis, regional operations director at Countryside, said: “Submission for planning for the new development at Kirkmanshulme Lane is a key milestone in Countryside and Sigma’s shared vision to create a brand new community in Gorton.
“Our ambition for the development of the Belle Vue site is to meet the local need for housing, doing so by creating high quality homes into which local families can grow and thrive with access to green space and a range of local amenities.
“Subject to planning, our new development in Gorton will see the exclusive launch of eight brand new house types, designed specifically in accordance with the National Described Space Standards to create homes that are light and spacious.”
Graeme Hogg, chief operating officer at PRS provider Sigma, which it is understood would develop the rented element of the project, added: “We are delighted to see this application being submitted after a positive and collaborative pre-application process. The mix of house types and tenures will provide customers with a choice not currently available in Gorton.”