The housing association is requesting permission to carry out a two-year remediation to prepare the 47-acre site east of Ten Acres Lane for the construction around 1,000 homes.
The site in its current state “presents a threat to human health, due to levels of ground contamination relating to its previous uses as a brickworks and waste tip”, according to the planning consultant Deloitte Real Estate.
Deloitte added that the necessary remediation works are “a major and costly undertaking” and could take between 18 months and two years to complete.
The team behind the remediation project includes engineering consultancies Wardell Armstrong and Arup, and landscape architect Planit-IE.
Submitted by Nuvu Investments, a subsidiary of Your Housing Group, the application to Manchester City Council is the next stage of the project following a month-long public consultation.
As well as the homes, of which 50% would be designated as affordable, the development would include a secondary school and community sports facilities.
Under YHG’s proposals, the secondary school would be in the centre of the development, while the Rochdale Canal, which runs along the northern edge of the site, would form part of a “biodiverse corridor and strategic movement route”.
A smaller, additional plot west of Ten Acres Lane could also be redeveloped under the proposals. Detailed designs are expected in the spring.
The site was historically used for the extraction of clay and the firing of bricks in a kiln by brickmakers J&A Jackson. However, it has been vacant for a number of years.
In 2014, Manchester City Council granted planning permission to developer Ten Acre for up to 500 houses alongside 37,700 sq ft of employment uses at the former brickworks.
However, those plans were never progressed and Ten Acre was later placed into administration.