Taylor Wimpey wins consent for Blackley plans

Michael Hunt

Planning advisors NJL Consulting has gained full planning consent on behalf of the housebuilder for a residential development in Blackley, Manchester.

Taylor Wimpey plans to build 111 homes on a brownfield site in Celia Street, after the Didsbury-based NJL submitted a revised planning application in March this year.

NJL said the new scheme illustrates the shift in housing market demand and will ensure the delivery of a development with a much improved layout and design, along with an increased level of family housing, heavily weighted towards three and four- bedroom houses.

Nick Lee, partner at NJL Consulting, said: "This was a complex site with long term problems that this planning consent has helped overcome and enabled delivery."

Paul Smith, land and planning director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, added: "The new scheme is better aligned with market demands and that gives us the confidence to commence work on a project that represents an £18m investment in north Manchester."

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Another thoroughly depressing scheme. Just what is it with volume house builders and these standard house types? The same designs, the same miserly space standards, the same boring layouts, the same little dormitories designed for cars and deprived of essential amenities. Unfortunately, the lack of supply means that the UK’s dinosaur development industry have little trouble flogging whatever rubbish they offer up to the market. The lack of supply is not, as is often claimed, merely a function of a slow mortgage market but a reflection of the extent to which the largest house builders have the market sewn up, the size and value of their land banks, a labyrinthine and inflexible planning system, the lack of clear consistent and robust regulation and over inflated land values. The whole industry needs radical reform; no other sector of the economy could survive let alone thrive with the absence of competitive pressure and paucity of innovation that you see in house building. Truly, a perfect storm precipitated by failure of market and to a lesser degree, failure of regulation. It’s such a shame that the last government decided to prop the industry up through the recession with the Kickstart programme. We’d all have benefitted by seeing the likes of a Taylor Wimpey, a Miller or a Bellway go to the wall long term.

By A_Noun

Why don’t the large devlopers leave several plots for people wanting to build their own homes? This would add an element of individualism and interest to these otherwise bland estates

By Kevin Mc

well done Taylor Wimpey. looks like you’ll be building houses which people want to live in rather than units which planners & architects think people should live in. the social engineering experiment is beginning to collapse


Yes well done indeed Taylor Wimpey for serving up another helping of Hobson’s Choice. Blackley, Bolton, Blackburn or Basingstoke; Wimpey, Persimmon, Redrow or Barratt, what’s the difference? When the choices on offer are so poor and so few, who knows what sort of house people really want to live in? Certainly not, I would venture, some bloke sitting in a regional office on an industrial estate near Warrington. If house building is like social engineering, the HBF would seem to have us down as a population of clones. Clones who are freakishly small in stature, with few personal belongings (apart from a car, obviously) have little in the way of family or friends, have no need for community or conveniently located services and are quite happy to have good taste dictated to them by the aforementioned bloke in Warrington, flicking idly through the pages of a Jewson’s catalogue whilst thinking about his share option.

By A_Noun