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”.   

Jackson's Brickworks 2

The number of homes has been scaled back by around 25%. Credit: via consultation documents

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. 

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Jackson’s at Longsight next hopefully

By Tom

In its current state, the site “presents a threat to human health

By no need

Here’s your big quota of affordable homes and social housing on the city’s fringes. Best place for them to be, not in the bright lights of the city.

By Cities not Favelas

Thats funny – as far as I know there is a restriction on this site in favour of Trevor Guy and the case is being reviewed in the House of Lords. Trevor has asked me to say crack on though, as the remediation is expensive business and YHA will be doing him a favour.

By Alastair Sheehan

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