New Residential Design Standards Consultation


Manchester City Council is developing its own design and quality standard for new housing across the city.

The quality guidance will demand design excellence in all new housing built in the city, set minimum space standards, and ensure high environmental standards.

The draft guide has been drawn up a multi-discipline team of architects and housing professionals, chaired by former RIBA president Stephen Hodder, and covers planning, urban design, place making and architecture.

It is currently out for consultation with residents being asked how they would like communities of the future to look like and what good housing means to them. Views are also being sought from the wider property community.

Architect Stephen Hodder of Hodder and Partners, said: “I’m intensely aware of the importance of the role we have been given. We’re not just talking about the look and feel of new residential development, but a wholesale city-wide approach to how people live, how they interact with the homes they live in and how those homes impact on the carbon reduction ambitions of the city. It’s an exciting prospect, but one that needs to be taken incredibly seriously.”

Make it Manchesterdevelopers must understand the city’s unique character, heritage old and new, density and scale in various parts of the city and appreciate how new homes will fit in to what’s already there.

Make it bring people togethernew homes must encourage a sense of community and neighbourliness, offering a mix of tenures to promote a mix of people.

Make it animate streets and spacesunderstand the relationship between new homes and its environment and create public space.

Make it easy to get aroundmake sure developments have good transport links, along with good walking and cycling provision.

Make work with the landscapedevelopment should improve the connection with the local environment with improved biodiversity, as well as greening and water schemes.

Make it practicaldealing with waste, car parking, bike storage and visitors should be made as easy as possible.

Make it future proofdesign must anticipate the impacts of climate change and extreme weather with efficient design and adaptability.

Make it a homesufficient space, natural light, privacy and storage are essential for people to settle down and flourish.

Make it happen ensuring proposals are delivered, to a high quality, with high design standards and high sustainability.

The full draft guide can be read here