Third attempt for Church Inn redevelopment
Developer Alumno Group has resubmitted its plans for student halls on the site of the former Church Inn on Cambridge Street in Manchester.
The nine-storey building would have 62 rooms and would feature a pocket park to the west of the building.
A previous version of the plans were first refused in April, and then again in August.
The proposed scheme, for a stepped 12 and three-storey building with 82 rooms, drew various criticisms from the planning committee at the time, including descriptions of the scheme as like “Jason and the Argonauts” and “a giraffe amongst hamsters,” due to its height.
Alumno is now partnering with Places for People to bring forward the revised project, delivering affordable student accommodation.
The pub closed in 2016 after the owners were unable to find new management. According to the application, “since the closure of the pub, the site has attracted anti-social behaviour, vandalism and drug-taking.”
The agent for the scheme is GL Hearn, with Turley as the planning consultant and interior design provided by Ben Kelly Design. The architect was Carson & Partners.
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