Kingsway Business Park Superstan p.planning docs

The 90-home scheme was a scaled back version of a larger proposal refused in 2020. Credit: via planning documents

Superstan appeals refusal of Burnage apartment scheme 

Manchester City Council rejected the developer’s bid to build 90 flats at the former Kingsway Business Centre earlier this year. 

Superstan Property and the city council will now face off at appeal for the second time.  

In 2020, the developer lost an appeal over the authority’s decision to reject a 147-apartment scheme on the same site. 

Superstan lodged revised plans in 2021, reducing the number of homes by 57 and scaling back the height of the building from 10 storeys at its highest point to six. 

However, despite the changes, Manchester City Council said the scheme amounted to “overdevelopment” and refused it.

The city council also said the proposals did not feature enough off-street parking. 

In a letter outlining Superstan’s appeal, planning consultant Roman Sumner Associates said the site as it stands “presents a hard and oppressive environment that demands appropriate change and regeneration”. 

Since the refusal, the scheme has been amended to include an additional six spaces, meaning there is now one flat for each apartment proposed. 

“[The city council] is clearly intent on extracting 100% car parking in spite of the obvious sustainability credentials and excellent accessibility of the location,” the letter states. 

A date for the appeal has not yet been set. 

The application’s reference number with Manchester City Council is 130098/OO/2021. 

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Hope they win. We need to be building at densities 5x this next to the city’s rail stations – ludicrous decision by the council.

Scheme needs to be much better looking though. Developer could afford to do that if the council allowed some flexibility in terms of number of units.

By Anonymous

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