Month: September 2016

Revised Blueprints for Key Growth Areas


Updated development guidelines have been drafted for Ancoats and New Islington together with neighbouring New Cross to give clearer guidance on Manchester’s long-term ambitions for the areas and to guide planning decisions.

The refreshed guidelines were agreed by Manchester City Council Executive in July and are now open for public consultation.

Ancoats and New Islington has seen increased developer interest since the last framework was approved in 2014 with regeneration expanding to northern parts of Ancoats and along the Ashton Canal/Pollard Street corridor.

The Draft Neighbourhood Development Framework sets out the long-term ambitions for the area as a high quality, sustainable and distinctive residential area that will support future residential growth as part of the planned expansion of the city centre in the next 10 to 15 years.

New Cross spans an area on the city’s northeastern edge bounded by Swan Street; Livesey Street; Rochdale Road and Bromley Street; and Oldham Road. The new framework will provide clear development principles within this area to ensure high quality new development, ensure that opportunities for residential and commercial development are maximised and guide how regeneration would progress.

Local businesses and stakeholders are being asked to comment and a public drop in session is being held at St Michael’s Church, Ancoats, from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday 29 September 2016.

Specific questions and comments can be sent to the city council’s strategic development team:










Manchester Place will be part of the Liverpool Manchester Partnership at MIPIMUK next month. (Oct 19th -21st)

The property exhibition and conference is a useful platform to hold conversations with developers and investors and a place to learn more about how high quality housing is being delivered across the UK

As part of the Business Showcase sessions Manchester Place chief executive Paul Beardmore will be revealing the latest residential supply and demand data for Manchester on Thursday October 20th.

‘Manchester Residential – Busting The Capacity Myth’ will give an in-depth appraisal of the city’s housing market, current demand and future opportunities followed by an audience Q and A session.

If you would like to schedule a private meeting with Paul during MIPIMUK please e-mail:

Board co-chair moving on


Deborah McLaughlin, co-chair of the Manchester Place board is leaving the Homes and Communities Agency to take up a role in the private sector.

Currently executive director for the North West area she is joining property constancy GL Hearn, a subsidiary of Capita.

She had returned to the HCA role in January this year after a high profile 12-month secondment as the first chief executive of Manchester Place that saw the partnership represented on overseas trade missions to China and the launch of major residential development sites in the city.

Her replacement on the Manchester Place board is expected to be announced when she leaves the HCA at the end of October.