Tomorrow is the last day for people to submit comments to Manchester City Council in response to the planning application for the 31-storey and 21-storey towers proposed by the St Michael’s Partnership at Bootle Street.
The application, submitted in January, seeks permission for a 201-bedroom five-star hotel, 159 apartments, 138,000 sq ft of offices and 49,000 sq ft of retail and leisure across 15 units, including two new sky bars and restaurants. There are also three areas of public realm, and a new building for the Manchester Reform Synagogue.
Manchester City Council is development partner for the St Michael’s scheme, alongside former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, and developer Brendan Flood. Ken Shuttleworth’s Make is the architect.
Protests against the project have gathered momentum since the planning application was submitted in January. Historic England declared its opposition earlier this month, and described the scheme as “aggressive” and set to cause “substantial harm”.
The development site is in an historic area close to Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall.
A petition set up by former English Cities Fund chief executive and nearby resident Lesley Chalmers against the development has gained 3,750 signatures.
Objectors are pressing for communities secretary Sajid Javid to call in the application for consideration before it reaches the Manchester City Council planning committee, expected in April.
View the planning application here http://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=OHHY99BCI2L00