West Gorton housing scheme gets go-ahead
Kellen Homes has been granted planning consent to redevelop the 13-acre Olympic Freight depot on Bennett Street in Manchester into 272 homes.
The developer, owned by Renaker founder Daren Whitaker, lodged plans for the West Gorton scheme last year following the withdrawal of an earlier and larger scheme drawn up by Sheffield-based Ascena Developments.
Ascena had reached an agreement with the landowners to build 337 homes on the site. The company lodged plans for the scheme but Manchester City Council did not determine them.
Kellen’s proposals for the site, drawn up by its in-house design team, feature 172 houses and 100 apartments.
The development has a gross development value of £80m, according to a viability report by Northern Land Agency.
The site will require “significant remediation”, impacting the scheme’s viability, the report states. As a result, no affordable housing is proposed.
Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant for the project.
To learn more, search for reference number 134504/FO/2022 on Manchester CIty Council’s planning portal.
Elsewhere, Kellen recently won approval for a 168-home project on Seaford Road in Salford. Like at Bennett Street, the developer aims to build a mix of houses and apartments at the former British Vita Site near Peel Park.