The developer behind refused plans to demolish a pair of grade two-listed former weavers cottages on Thomas Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to make way for an apartment scheme has asked that the city council’s ruling be overturned.
In a statement to Place North West, Simon Gallanders, director at Real Estate Investment Partnerships, said: “We can confirm that REIP has submitted an appeal against the decision. We remain committed to the scheme and creating a building which is fit for future generations to come.”
The developer wants to demolish 42-46 Thomas Street to unlock land for a five-storey block containing 20 apartments designed by Jon Matthews Architects.
The council approved the Warp & Weft development in 2017, but, a year later, conservation body Historic England granted the cottages listed status following a request from an anonymous party.
As a result, REIP submitted a listed building application in February 2020 to demolish the buildings, so that it could bring forward the scheme.
However, an application for the demolition work was refused by Manchester City Council last August, despite a recommendation to approve from officers.
Following the refusal, Steve Slater, chief executive of Real Estate Investment Partnerships, said the firm was “faced with no other course of action than to appeal”.
Manchester City Council planning officers twice recommended that the demolition be approved, supporting the developer’s claims that retaining the listed buildings would make the scheme unviable.
Piccadilly ward councillor Sam Wheeler, who has been an outspoken opponent of the project, said: “It is rapacious developers, not kids with spray paint, who are the biggest threat to our shared inheritance.
“I sincerely hope the Secretary of State rejects this elitist, anti-democratic attack on Manchester’s working class history and denies the appeal.”