Manchester to hear post-funding progress on Northern Gateway project

Manchester City Council’s executive committee is set to hear a report today on progress made on its landmark Northern Gateway regeneration project.

The Northern Gateway, a joint venture between the council and the Far East Consortium, aims to revive 155 hectares of brownfield or underused land to allow for significant housing development.

It is expected to deliver around 15,000 new homes in Manchester over the next 15 to 20 years, including at least 3,000 affordable homes, and accounts for 28% of the city’s entire housing target during that time as part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

Back in March, the council announced a successful bid of £51.6 million from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock land vital to the project, with the terms of the funding package expected to be agreed over the coming weeks.

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, called the funding ‘the key’ to unlocking the Northern Gateway’s potential.

Cllr Richards said: “This part of Manchester has remained untouched for some time because it requires major investment to install the necessary utilities, a transport network, and the significant land remediation that will allow us to bring forward home building at a scale not seen in this country for decades.”

The council says the £51.6 million in funding will be used to unlock 10.2 hectares of land, formerly owned by Network Rail at Red Bank in Manchester’s Green Quarter, for future development sites.

The funding will also enable land remediation works, develop new roads, footpaths and cycleways, and help strengthen the Gateway area’s electricity, water and drainage networks.

It will also allow work to begin on the City River Park, a network of parks and green spaces extending from Angel Meadow in Manchester city centre to the Irk River Valley, Sandhills and Collyhurst.

The initial phases of the Northern Gateway will see up to 300 new homes, including 130 social homes, delivered in Collyhurst Village and Collyhurst South, along with new commercial premises and the first phase of an expanded Collyhurst Village Park.

The current proposals would see 29 existing homes and one commercial unit demolished and replaced within the new development.

Planning consent has already been granted for 80 new homes at New Cross Central, while a planning application has been submitted for 634 apartments at the new Victoria Riverside development.

Consultation on the Collyhurst plans has been ongoing since this February, with a planning application expected later this year once consultation has been completed.

Cllr Richards added: “Planning applications are beginning to arrive for the first elements of the project and we are looking ahead to an application for the new homes for Collyhurst in the next few months – including social and affordable homes. It’s thrilling to see this project lift off.

“In the meantime, we will continue to listen to residents’ views about the plans for their neighbourhoods to ensure the needs of current and future residents help shape this regeneration project as it moves forward.”

The council’s executive committee will receive further update reports around the Northern Gateway as the project progresses.

Image: An artist’s impression of the new Northern Gateway project. Credit: Manchester City Council

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