Two planning applications from Portugal Street East were approved by Manchester City Council, as well as Far East Consortium’s proposals for homes on Addington Street and temporary consent relating to Belle Vue stadium.
The first application from the Portugal Street East development consortium, proposes the phased demolition of existing buildings on the 2.25-acre site near Manchester Piccadilly train station. The site is bounded to the south east by Adair Street, Portugal Street East to the south west, the Metrolink and Longacre Street to the north west, and Great Ancoats Street to the north east.
A series of industrial and office units are to be demolished, with the exception of Aeroworks, to make way for a shared public realm that will see all parties sign a collaboration agreement.
The consortium includes Capital and Centric, whose Leonardo hotel scheme is the most advanced of the PSE proposals, as well as Olympian, and Forshaw Property and Land.
The landscape architect for the development is Re-Form and Deloitte is the agent.
The second application to win the green light from councillors is Olympian Homes and Aecom’s joint venture proposal to build a two-block residential scheme on plot A of the PSE Masterplan after an application for the demolition of the existing Rammon House was granted in 2018.
The blocks of 29 and 23 storeys respectively, comprise 488 apartments. The scheme proposes 27 car parking spaces, 492 cycle spaces and landscaping.
Aecom’s construction arm, Tishman, is lead contractor for the project.
The architect for the development is Jon Matthews Architects, Re-Form is the landscape architect and Deloitte is the agent.
Amy Kennedy, planner at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “This a big step towards realising the potential of this prime city centre location. A new public realm and park is a key part of these applications, so local residents can look forward to having a fully thought-out space for all to enjoy.”
A proposal from Hong Kong-based developer FEC for 80 homes on the corner of Addington Street in the New Cross district was also approved at the planning committee meeting on Thursday.
FEC proposes the construction of a 6-9-storey residential building comprising nine townhouses and 71 apartments on a 0.3-acre site bounded by Addington Street, Cross Keys Street, Marshall Street and Chadderton Street.
The building would also contain a resident’s lounge, refuse plant, electricity substation, cycle storage, an internal landscaped courtyard and improvements to adjacent footways on the surrounding streets, following the removal of an existing car park under the plans.
Planning approval is subject to a contribution of £220,000 towards off-site affordable housing. The scheme is part of the wider regeneration of the New Cross area under the New Cross Development Framework, which seeks to deliver new homes in the city centre.
Avison Young is FEC’s planning consultant and Hawkins/Brown is the architect on the scheme.
Councillors also approved Startrax Oval Motorsport’s application to extend its consent to host stock car racing events at Belle Vue stadium until planned demolition work starts.
Plans for the demolition of the stadium and the development of a residential scheme on the 16-acre site were granted in December.