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Its brief is to create the right conditions for investment and development to deliver 25,000 new homes of all tenure right across the city to support the region’s strong economic growth.

Working with landowners, investors, developers and communities to create new neighbourhoods of choice and help the city continue to grow.

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Northern Gateway: The vision


The draft framework for the residential-led regeneration of the Northern Gateway has been endorsed by Manchester City Council’s Executive and Scrutiny Committees and will now go out for public consultation.

The vision is to transform a swathe of land and extend the city centre northwards with a new city river park, 15,000 homes, new community facilities and a focus on healthy lifestyles and connectivity.

The draft framework can be downloaded here:

This is an important step but just the first stage of the process to revitalise this important area and help sustain the city’s continued economic growth by creating liveable, connected neighbourhoods surrounded by green space.

Consultation events to encourage people to look at the ideas and contribute to them will be held over the summer and details of venues will be announced shortly.


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Next stage for Northern Gateway


A draft Strategic Regeneration Framework to transform the area between NOMA to the North of the City Centre and Queens Park will be discussed at a meeting of Scrutiny Committee next week (18 July).

The ambitious ‘Northern Gateway’ project, one of the largest residential-led regeneration projects in the UK,  aims to build a mix of 15,000 new homes over the next 15 years with 3,000 affordable homes promised across the area.

The project is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and property developer Far East Consortium (FEC) and aims to develop new and existing neighbourhoods as part of an extended city centre. The neighbourhoods will be connected to the city centre through improved walkways, cycleways and public transport.

Central to the plans for the area is the development of a City River Park – a central green space along the banks of the River Irk that will provide a natural green corridor between Angel Meadow at the City Centre end of the development area and Queens Park. This ‘green heart’ will also branch out directly into neighbourhoods to encourage cycling and walking along the River Park.

The plan also outlines plans for new or expanded retail, leisure, health and educational facilities.

Redevelopment will be kicked off by the delivery of 110 new homes for social rent subject to £10.25 million of Government funding.

Councillor Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration at 

Manchester City Council, said: “The Northern Gateway is central to the city’s strategy to build truly affordable new homes that meet local people’s needs. The city needs 25,000 homes over the next decade and this project aims to contribute to this target, delivering 15,000 homes in the next 10 to 20 years.

“This project will build on the strengths and assets of the great neighbourhoods within the Lower Irk Valley, Collyhurst and New Cross – improving the areas for the people who already live there and attracting more people to live alongside them. The area has so many advantages – it’s close to the City Centre and the work and leisure opportunities that brings and has great transport links to elsewhere in the city region.”

FEC Project Director Tom Fenton said: “Northern Gateway will reconnect the city centre and the outer lying northern communities. It will offer a range of housing types to cater for a diverse range of Manchester’s population on a variety of incomes and will become a new destination within the city.

“Northern Gateway offers the city centre a chance to naturally expand northwards from Victoria Station and in doing so, regenerate the communities of New Cross, Irk Valley and Collyhurst and act as a catalyst for further connectivity into Cheetham Hill, Miles Platting, Moston and beyond.”

Tom Fenton added: “With the Irk River Valley acting as the primary catalyst for change, Northern Gateway will unlock the development potential of 390 acres by creating vibrant communities of family homes, parks, schools, healthcare and other public facilities, all linked by new parks and public realm around a network of integrated public transport provision.”

Consultation on the draft Strategic Regeneration Framework for the area is due to begin during August when local residents, businesses and landowners will be asked for their ideas for the area and for their views on the current plans before a final Framework is developed later in the year.  The Framework will act as a guide for future development in the area.

The full report can be found in the Economy Scrutiny meetings on the city council’s website:

The draft Strategic Regeneration Framework is due to be agreed as a basis for public consultation by the Council’s Executive on 25 July.

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New Chief Executive


Jon Sawyer,  Manchester City Council’s new Director of Housing and Residential Growth will also be taking up the role of chief executive of Manchester Place

He succeeds Paul Beardmore, who retired from the Council earlier this year.

Jon is a chartered surveyor with 20 years of experience in advising on, and delivering, high quality new homes for market sale and rent, affordable housing, student housing and housing for older people. This included advising the Council on its Matrix Homes partnership with Greater Manchester Pension Fund. 

He has also held a number of board roles including chair of North East Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, chair of audit at arms length management organisation (ALMO) Nottingham City Homes and as a government-endorsed board member involved in the rescue of failed housing association Cosmopolitan.

He moves from responsible property developer igloo, where he was its head of custom build housing, helping people to design and build their own homes, and takes up post in mid-August.

Jon said: “This role is a huge honour and an exciting opportunity. Manchester is a growing city, a place where more and more people want to live, but that housing demand comes with its own challenges and I’m passionate about ensuring that we have the vibrant places, high quality homes and housing choice which the city will need to meet those challenges in the years ahead.

“One of the things which attracted me to this role was the commitment to innovation and high quality homes which Manchester is already showing. I look forward to working on this important agenda in the years ahead.”

Councillor Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration for Manchester City Council, said: “Our housing strategy, which is focused on delivering the housing Manchester people need now and in the future across a range of types and tenures, is fundamental to the success of the city and meeting the needs of current and future residents.

“This means creating true housing choice for our residents and creating homes that people can afford in neighbourhoods they want to live in.”

Jon takes up both posts on August 1st.

Jon Sawyer

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Latest Residential Pipeline Data


 Latest figures show that almost 4,000 new homes are on track to be built in Manchester this year with similar numbers forecast for 2019/20.

While the majority will be new apartments in the city centre there is significant activity in other parts of the city with 943 new homes built this year and another 1,500 anticipated in 2018/19 in neighbourhoods outside the core.

The delivery of new housing of all types and tenures is crucial to support the economic and population growth of the city.

Details below.

Table 1: Total Confirmed and Expected Completions (2014/15 to 2018/19)

  City Centre Manchester (exc city centre) Manchester (total)
Units Number of Sites Units Number of sites Units Number of sites
2014/15* 640 6 744 38 1,384 44
2015/16* 332 10 1,179 43 1,511 53
2016/17* 569 7 1,152 40 1,721 47
2017/18* 1,926 16 943 41 2,869 57
2018/19** 2,533 31 1,450 53 3,983 84

*On all market housing schemes of 10 units or more only & all schemes delivered through the Affordable Homes Programme

**Forecast as of 01/04/18 and subject to change


The growth in residential completions experienced during 2017/18 has been driven by new apartment-led development in the city centre including One Regent (Pictured)  (307 units, Renaker), Cotton Field Wharf (302 units, Manchester Life) and OXID House (119 units, Factory Estates Ltd.).

This is supported by growth in other parts of the city with 79 homes at the Booth Hall in Charlestown (Taylor Wimpey), 79 units at The Woodlands in Baguley (Wythenshawe Community Housing Group) and 73 homes on East Avenue in Clayton (Lovell).

Total units under construction has increased by 30% over the past 12 months from 7,033 in 2016/17 to 9,114 in 2017/18 (see Table 2 below).

In April 2018 there were 37 residential developments on site across Manchester city centre providing c.7,000 new homes. This represents an increase of over 40% in the total number of units on-site in the city centre over the past 12 months (from April 2017).

There were an additional 27 new residential starts during 2017/18 which will deliver a combined 3,768 units on completion – 79% of which will be in the city centre (2,972 units across 16 schemes). This maintains the level of new starts achieved during 2016/17 (3,973 units across 34 schemes citywide).

Notable schemes to start on site in 2017/18 include Kampus on the former MMU Aytoun Street Campus (478 units, Capital & Centric), Manchester New Square on the corner of Whitworth Street & Princess Street (351 units, Urban & Civic) and Melland Road in Gorton (131 units, Great Places).

Table 2: Total Units On-Site

  City Centre Manchester (exc city centre) Manchester (total)
Units No. of Sites Units No. of sites Units No. of sites
2014/15 (end of year) 986 12 2,131 28 3,117 40
2015/16 (end of year) 2,100 15 1,458 28 3,558 43
2016/17 (end of year) 4,954 28 2,079 27 7,033 55
2017/18 (end of year) 7,002 37 2,112 41 9,114 78

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A Place For Everyone


Five core ideas are emerging to ensure the vast potential of the Northern Gateway is developed to create an outstanding new asset for Manchester.

The City Council is working in partnership with Far East Consortium on a draft masterplan that will be open for public consultation later in the year.

Initial ideas are detailed below and there is also a link to a film which captures the ambition for the area.

  • The creation of a series of vibrant and distinct new neighbourhoods

Northern Gateway will offer a range of housing for a diverse range of Manchester’s population on a variety of incomes. Distinctive neighbourhoods will contain family housing, with new housing types and new retail and leisure uses.

  • The creation of a new transport hub

The area is one of steeply sloping land cut off from the city centre by major transport routes. The Metrolink currently passes through, so the masterplan includes a new transport interchange in the centre of the site at Sandhills, around a new village centre. The river setting will encourage residents to use improved cycling and walking routes to the city centre.

  • The re-activation of Rochdale Road

Rochdale Road needs to be made people-friendly with safe crossing points and a reason for people to be there beyond passing through as quickly as possible. Active frontages interacting with the street are needed, along with cycle routes to provide a human scale.

  • Capitalising on the area’s architectural heritage

The neighbourhood’s rich architectural heritage includes glorious robust Victorian railway arches. Amazing businesses which occupy the arches, such as the Micro-breweries and distilleries will be supported and celebrated.

  • The creation of a City River Park

The heart of Manchester city centre lacks high quality parks and public open space. The City River Park will link the city centre to Angel Meadow through to Queen’s Park and Heaton Park and beyond, and provide flood resilience, biodiversity and health benefits. The River Irk is the site’s biggest and best natural asset, and the masterplan uses the waterway by reactivating the area with urban parkland, changing perceptions and bringing a leisure and recreational resource for an expanding city centre population.

The first phase of mixed-tenure homes – including Council-owned social housing – will transform the Collyhurst community with affordable rented housing and work is underway to identify the best location for these homes.

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Greater Manchester Housing Deal


Greater Manchester is set to receive £68 million funding to support an ambitious target of delivering 227,200 homes by 2035 and boost economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse.

This funding will support a focus on developing brownfield land for housing and getting more homes built on small sites.

The Government package includes:

  • £50 million for a Land Fund to help councils in the region to prepare brownfield land for housing development
  • taking 4 Housing Infrastructure Fund projects through to the next stage of assessment for funding
  • up to £8 million for capacity funding to boost support for housing delivery across the region
  • £10.25 million funding to help regenerate the Collyhurst Estate in north Manchester
  • new flexibilities on the existing £300 million Housing Investment Fund to allow more homes to be delivered through loans to developers:

Mayor of Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham said:

“I welcome this Housing Deal from government and the £50 million Greater Manchester’s Leaders have secured that will allow us to build on more of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites.

“It brings us closer to our ambitions and is a clear statement of intent as we move towards publishing the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

“As we look to build the homes Greater Manchester needs, we must do everything we can to make sure as much brownfield land as possible is made available for development. This is the best way to ensure we minimise the impact on our green spaces.

“But this isn’t just about numbers of homes and land for development. I’ve been clear that I want to see more truly affordable homes built and more homes available for social rent across Greater Manchester.

“I also want the rewritten Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to specify a date by which all new homes built across Greater Manchester should be net zero carbon. This is all part of my ambition.”


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Manchester one of the best cities globally for young people


Manchester has been named one of the best cities world-wide for young people to live in according to the Millennial City Ranking – and one of the most popular for students.

This is only the second time the list has been created and aims to pin-point the global cities where digitally intuitive and entrepreneurial millennials are best choosing to make their home.

 Out of 110 cities, Manchester made the top 10 list that looks at four main concerns for young people – does the city have available work, can young people afford to live a good life, is the city open and tolerant, and – importantly – how fun is the city.

In the list, other factors such as internet speed, gender equality, start-up opportunities and progress in the work place were also taken into account to understand the best cities for young people in 2018.

Manchester scored particularly well when it comes to personal freedom and choice, LGBT friendly markers, immigration tolerance, and – of course – nightlife. 

Manchester has also been named fourth most popular place for students to live in the world, behind London and the Australian cities Melbourne and Sydney, according to whose research looked at 426 cities across the world. 

The research found that students are will to travels across the globe for higher education and 19% of students studying in the UK are from abroad. At full-time postgraduate level, 53% of students are from outside the UK.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We know that Manchester is popular with young people and the popularity and high-quality teaching at the city’s universities mean more and more graduates are choosing to remain in the city, find a job and lay their roots here. 

“Manchester offers the benefits of some of the world’s most recognisable cities, with great employment opportunities and entertainment – but young people can enjoy these benefits far more affordably than some of the other cities celebrated in the list, like London or New York.

“The City Council also offers a range of advice and support for people who are looking to start and build a business in Manchester, which has proven successful for business from seed organisations through to multi-national business.”


Find out more about starting a business in Manchester 


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Summer Consultation on Northern Gateway


The Northern Gateway project is one of the largest programmes of work in the UK and the biggest in Manchester since the regeneration of East Manchester following the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

It stretches northwards from the city centre – from NOMA and New Cross, through the Irk Valley to Collyhurst – and will be the largest contributor to the city’s residential growth strategy with the potential to provide 15,000 new homes to help accommodate a growing population.

The Collyhurst community –  a key area for housing investment – will be one of the first areas to benefit with a new affordability zone created as a focus for mixed-type affordable homes, including new council-owned social housing and a range of accessible housing products for sale and affordable rents.

The ambition is to create vibrant and distinct linked neighbourhoods with good connectivity to employment opportunities.

These neighbourhoods will be linked with green spaces through the Lower Irk Valley and place making – through city river parks and using existing architectural heritage, including railway viaducts – will help create the different characters of each emerging neighbourhood.

As the communities grow, local facilities will also be developed to service the planned population growth with schools, sports and leisure provision and medical services.

The Northern Gateway project is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and property developer Far East Consortium (FEC) and Coun Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity in the Northern Gateway to improve and develop a huge swathe of unused land within walking distance of the city centre and employment opportunities.

“In doing so we will be able to meet the modern housing needs of Manchester and help build a mix of housing types and tenures to provide a true housing choice for Manchester people – and help meet a huge demand for quality homes in the city over the coming decade.

“We are already in the process of securing additional grant funding to push forward with the first phase focused on Collyhurst – to build new social homes and other affordable housing products – and we will consult with residents around the proposals at our earliest opportunity.”

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager of FEC, said: “With the Irk river valley acting as the catalyst for change, Northern Gateway will unlock the development potential of 350 acres by creating vibrant communities of family homes, parks, schools, healthcare and other public facilities, all linked by new public transport hubs”.

“Alongside the investment by FEC and the council, Northern Gateway offers an unrivalled opportunity for everyone with interests in north Manchester to contribute to its transformation.

“Through our partnership with the city council we are committed to Collyhurst and the delivery of a mix of homes that will meet the needs of existing and new residents, including affordable housing and properties for market sale”.

A draft regeneration framework and masterplan for the Northern Gateway will be brought to Manchester City Council’s Executive committee in June before the start of a full public consultation .




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Housing Infrastructure Fund


New Victoria - Muse Developments

New Victoria – Muse Developments

Two contrasting residential developments in Manchester have been allocated monies from the Government’s £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The sites, one in the city centre and the second in Moss Side, to the south of the city, faced different issues over viability and received support from Manchester City Council to bid for the funding which will unlock the projects.

New Victoria :

A high-profile scheme by Muse Developments for two residential towers next to Victoria Station providing a total of 520 apartments.

Currently a cleared open surface car park, the site has challenging infrastructure demands which to date have made the scheme unviable.

Its location fits the city council’s aspiration to provide high quality housing close to main transport connections and within walking distance of the major employment areas and development would replace an underused site with a gateway scheme, maximizing efficient use of land.

New Victoria was awarded £10.074 m to help remediate the challenging constraints of the site.


Marketed through Manchester Place, Rowlinson Construction won the tender process to develop the site and in December 2016 was granted permission for 54, two and three storey large family homes, 132 one, two and three bed apartments and 72 apartments for retirement living.

Outline planning was also approved for an Integrated Health Care Centre fronting onto Princess Parkway.

The Centre is considered to be a key element in supporting new and existing neighbourhoods and HIF funding was sought to address the viability gap in providing this important facility and the value it would generate.

Supported by MCC the project has been awarded £3.314m.


Stagecoach site - Rowlinsons Construction


Manchester Place chief executive Paul Beardmore said: “The Housing Infrastructure Fund is another important element in getting housing schemes, vital to the continued growth of Manchester, underway.

“Manchester Place continues to work with developers and investors to assist in a variety of ways to help bring schemes forward.”


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Northern Gateway Masterplan Team Announced


International design and architecture practice, Farrells, has been appointed to lead the masterplanning team for the landmark Northern Gateway project.

The residential potential of the area, which stretches from Victoria Station to Collyhurst, is being unlocked through a partnership between Manchester City Council and the developer, Far East Consortium.

It will generate more than £1bn of investment over the next decade and provide more than 10,000 new homes in sustainable, world class communities.

Farrells will place an emphasis on design quality and sustainability, open space, reactivating the vicinity of the River Irk, and enhancing public transport infrastructure which will include green walking trails and cycling routes. In doing so, Northern Gateway will allow Manchester city centre to expand northwards by providing a mix of high quality housing in well-planned new areas.

The over-arching vision of the scheme is to create a series of distinct yet clearly connected communities. This approach will open and enhance the area’s hidden and often ignored natural resources as well as its prime location close to Manchester city centre.

Founded by Sir Terry Farrell – who was born in Sale, Cheshire – the  company provides expertise in architecture, urban planning and design, interior design, project management, and other specialist areas, operating from offices in London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Manchester, and Hong Kong.  In Manchester staff will work alongside the FEC team at its new project office in the Northern Assurance Buildings on Albert Square.

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager of Far East Consortium, said: “We are proud to be working closely with Manchester City Council to deliver the vision for the Northern Gateway. At FEC, our aim is to create communities for future generations and this is made possible by building strategic partnerships and working with highly experienced, globally renowned firms.

“We are delighted to welcome Farrells on board as masterplanners. Renowned for its role in the delivery of landmark schemes worldwide, the consultancy brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to deliver the vision for a new destination in Manchester.”

Sir Terry Farrell, Founder of Farrells commented: “We are thrilled to be working with FEC and MCC to create this new landmark scheme which will be a big step forward for Manchester’s ongoing regeneration. We’ll be sitting literally side by side in our co-located offices, making sure it works for the city, the region and those behind the investment.

“Through its sheer scale and it’s incredible natural, heritage and community assets the Northern Gateway will play a significant part in enhancing Manchester’s presence nationally and globally. We will be making an amazing new place where people love to be, so watch this space.”

 Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This is an important milestone and marks the start of more detailed consultations on how we transform this part of the city with new neighbourhoods to make sure we can meet a significant demand for world-class housing. The city continues to grow and expand and we will be talking to existing residents, business and other stakeholders about our shared vision and ambition.”

Also appointed to Northern Gateway are planning consultancy HOW, landscape architect Planit IE, engineering, transport, remediation and sustainability specialist Arup and cost consultant Turner & Townsend.




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