PLANNING | Manchester gives green light to £150m of city centre projects

The first planning committee of 2017 saw a variety of proposals come under the scrutiny of councillors, with the £110m Factory arts centre granted consent, a decision on a Renaker scheme in Castlefield postponed, and a private rented sector block in the Northern Quarter approved.


Factory arts centre

Factory High Res

Developer: Allied London and Manchester City Council

Value: £110m

Architect: Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Capacity: 7,000

Type: Theatre and musical events space at St John’s

In the room: Cllr Joan Davies raised issues about coach drop-offs in the area potentially increasing traffic and running late into the night. The creation of a parking strategy was included within the approval conditions.



Blossom Street, Ancoats

Blossom Street Mulbury

Developer: Mulbury Homes

Value: £35m

Architect: Tim Groom

Height: Eight and seven storeys

Flats: 143

Type: Private rent

In the room: The project sparked debate with objections over the lack of affordable homes, an adverse effect on the conservation area, and questions as to whether it adheres to the recently approved Manchester Residential Design Standards.



2-4 Chester Road, Castlefield


Developer: Renaker Build

Architect: OMI Architects

Height: 21 and 12 storeys

Flats: 188 apartments

Type: Private rent

In the room: A campaign by local residents, led by developer Castlefield Estates, submitted a plea to the council earlier this week that a decision on Renaker’s plans be delayed, pending a site visit. Criticism has centred around the project’s height, and the inclusion of a high which would block views of the historic Basin.

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