A framework aimed at making the village more user-friendly and guiding future development is to be adopted by Manchester City Council this week.
The Withington Village framework was drawn up by planning consultant Nexus Planning with architect Broadway Malyan, planner WSP and conservation consultant BB Heritage Studio, and aims to reduce traffic and improve areas of public realm.
One of the main elements of the plan is the pedestrianisation of Copson Street, off Wilmslow Road, which is Withington’s main retail street.
Additional plans for both Copson Street and Wilmslow Road include increasing the number of independent businesses that occupy existing units, improving crossings and enhancing the streetscape.
An upgraded public space outside the library at Rutherford Place is also suggested, as is a review of the car parks in the area, including Gledhill Car Park, which could be transformed to provide additional public space, under the plans.
The framework would also underpin several pipeline redevelopment projects, including the redevelopment of the former NatWest bank into flats and the expansion of Withington Baths.
Manchester City Council is to recommended to adopt the framework on Thursday following a period of public consultation on the proposals.
“The framework has received strong support from the vast majority of respondents and has been well received by the community,” a council report said. “It has the potential to transform Withington into a liveable, accessible, vibrant village.”