YHG progresses 47-acre Manchester development
The housing association has been granted consent to carry out a two-year remediation package to ready a former brickworks in Newton Heath for the delivery of around 750 homes.
Earlier proposals for the site suggested more than 1,000 homes could be delivered on the 47-acre plot but these have since been scaled back by Your Housing Group following extensive discussions with Manchester City Council. More land will now be given over to public green space.
The plot east of Ten Acres Lane previously housed Jackson’s brickworks and is being revamped by Nuvu Developments, a subsidiary of YHG.
A planning application for the scheme, being prepared by Deloitte Real Estate, is due to be submitted in the next six to eight weeks.
Of the 750 homes proposed, some would be available for open market sale and others for rent. An as-yet-unspecified proportion of the homes would be available on affordable tenures.
Under YHG’s proposals, a secondary school would be located 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.
The project team for the development includes architect Barton Willmore, project manager Chilton Estates, engineering consultancies Wardell Armstrong and Arup, and Planit-IE, which is leading on the masterplan and site-wide design code for the project.
The developer is yet to appoint a contractor to carry out the site remediation work.
In its current state, the site “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 planning consultant Deloitte Real Estate.
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.