MANCHESTER residents are being asked to have their say over once-in-a-generation proposals to transform the north of the city and build thousands of new homes.
The Northern Gateway regeneration project is billed as one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. It covers an area from Angel Meadows to Queens Park – including Collyhurst, New Cross and the Lower Irk Valley – and would create seven new neighbourhoods, connected by green spaces and public squares.
As part of the plans, 15,000 new homes would be built, and Manchester City Council claims that 3,000 of these would be “affordable”.
The council, and its development partner Far East Consortium (FEC), have opened a public consultation on the draft framework for the regeneration programme, and invited local people to ask questions and share their thoughts on the proposals.
“We want to be incredibly ambitious with the Northern Gateway project,” said Councillor Suzanne Richards, the council’s executive member for housing and regeneration. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring a transformational regeneration programme to north Manchester. It is vital that local residents are central to shaping the vision for the area. That is why we want to ensure Manchester people are brought into the conversation at this early stage, to get feedback from the people who live in the area and the city.”
“I would encourage as many people as possible to attend a drop-in session and fill in the consultation questionnaire. We want to get this right, and to do this we need your opinions, your hopes for the area, and your concerns. They will be used to shape the plans for the Northern Gateway over the next two decades.”
Tom Fenton, project director at FEC, added: “FEC is genuinely proud of its proposals and its shared vision with the city council to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of north Manchester for current and future generations. We share the council’s desire to inform and involve as many people as possible and would encourage those who live and work in the areas involved to make their views known by joining us at the public consultation events.”
Six drop-in events have been planned across the Northern Gateway area during August and September, the council said. These take place on:
- Wednesday 15 August from 11am to 3:30pm at Yes Community Centre, 35-39 Southchurch Parade, Collyhurst, M40 7GE
- Thursday 16 August from 2:30pm to 7pm at PLANT @ NOMA, Redfern Building, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 4AH
- Wednesday 22 August from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at Church of the Saviour, Eggington Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, M40 7RN
- Tuesday 4 September from 2:30pm to 7pm at Abbott Community Primary School, Livesey Street, Manchester, M40 7PR
- Wednesday 5 September from 11am to 4pm at The Federation, Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF
- Thursday 6 September from 11am to 4pm at Aldbourne Close Retirement Scheme, 20 Aldbourne Close, Collyhurst, M40 8NE
The council said that paper copies of the consultation questionnaire will be available at the drop-in sessions, but an online version is available here: www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations
Meanwhile, residents can can read the draft Northern Gateway regeneration document at: www.northerngatewaymanchester.co.uk
The deadline for submitting feedback is Monday, 1 October 2018.