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As well as Northenden, LTE also plans to sell sites in West Didsbury and Ardwick. Credit: Google Earth

Revamp of Manchester College’s Northenden campus nears 

Dan Whelan

Miller Homes is eyeing consent for its plans to build 224 homes on the 18-acre plot it bought from LTE Group as part of the operator’s estate strategy. 

The Sale Road scheme comprises 23 two-bedroom homes, 132 with three bedrooms and 69 with four. A total of 55 properties would be designated as affordable. 

Existing educational buildings on the site would be demolished to make way for the Miller Homes project once Manchester College vacates in 2022. 

Calderpeel and STEN Architecture have designed the scheme and Pegasus is the planning consultant. 

Manchester City Council has recommended the project be approved when its planning committee meets next week.

David Brackley, land and technical director for Miller Homes in the North West, said that the application was submitted after “an extensive consultation” with the local community.

“We worked hard to incorporate the ideas of local people in our final proposals and our scheme at Northenden is better having heard from residents and community groups,” Brackley said.

“I look forward to hearing the decision of the planning committee and hope that they will recognise the benefits of this scheme by granting approval,” he continued.

The Northenden site is located to the west of Princess Parkway around five miles from Manchester city centre. It is one of several sites Manchester College has or will vacate as part of its plans to consolidate its disparate estate. 

As well as Northenden, LTE also plans to sell the 6.5-acre Fielden Campus off Barlow Moor Road in West Didsbury, which it says has the potential to be redeveloped into up to 50 homes.    

The eight-acre Nicholls Campus in Ardwick is another site LTE is looking to offload. The land is considered suitable for housing and is to be incorporated into plans to redevelop Ardwick Green.   

LTE also plans to sell the Shena Simon Campus off Sackville Street.  

To date, LTE has sold sites in Moston, where housing association One Manchester is bringing forward 55 affordable homes, as well as its St John’s Campus on the edge of Spinningfields.     

The 39,000 sq ft building is earmarked for demolition by developer HBD, which is readying plans to redevelop the site into offices.   

As well as disposing of various sites the key part of the strategy is the construction of a £93m city centre campus on the former Boddington’s Brewery site on Great Ducie Street. 

The first phase of this project, being delivered by Willmott Dixon Construction, is nearing completion.  

The 290,000 sq ft campus will accommodate learners on creative and performing arts courses. 

LTE sold a portion of the Boddingtons site to Clarion Housing Group in June, and the housing association’s development arm Latimer plans to build 442 flats across two buildings including a 20-plus storey tower. 

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Personally, I don’t think it’s fair on the newer students having to re-enroll somewhere else that could be miles away from home. Could’ve started this project AFTER all the students have finished their courses. I don’t understand…

By Ehhh

Asset stripping by LTE and the council have approved this?

By A User