Manchester has been on a journey of economic transformation over the last 20 years and has led the way in re-establishing the UK’s leading cities as the growth engines for national economic prosperity.
But housing supply is lagging behind our strong economic and jobs growth and we need to accommodate these new residents in high quality new homes and Manchester has established an ambitious Residential Growth Strategy to meet this housing challenge.
The core rationale is to accommodate significant population growth at the centre of the conurbation developing new “neighbourhoods of choice” adjacent to the city centre and well served by public transport.
Providing a wide variety of good quality housing, in the right places, Manchester Place will support the region’s strong economic growth.
Areas of Growth
Extending in a north eastern arc from Victoria Station and taking in the neighbourhoods of NOMA, the Lower Irk Valley, New Cross and Collyhurst, this area extends over150 hectares and has capacity to deliver between 5,000 – 7,000 new homes over the next 10 – 15 years.
The Northern Gateway played a critical role in the city’s 19th Century growth and is now primed to play a transformational role in its 21st Century renaissance.
Sustained public sector intervention has yielded substantial tracts of brownfield land which will be used to deliver an unprecedented scale of new development to support the city’s growth over the next 20 years.
The vision is to create a series of distinctive and interconnected communities that are supported by high quality facilities and green spaces with excellent walking, cycling and public transport links into the city centre; utilising the Irk river valley and existing parks and open spaces.
Neighbourhood Development Frameworks in place for NOMA (including Angel Meadow); New Cross; and the Lower Irk Valley.
The Southern Gateway is the entrance to the city from its affluent southern suburbs. It is located close to the city core, a five minute walk from the Town Hall and St. Peter’s Square, and a two minute walk from Manchester Central (the city’s conference centre) and the campuses of the two Universities.
Southern Gateway comprises the First Street development area to the east of the main arterial route into the city centre, and the Great Jackson Street development area to the west.
First Street is a 8 hectare mixed-use area including Home – the new contemporary arts venue with a theatre, gallery and exhibition space and cinemas which has reinforced a vibrant evening economy.
Residential development will focus on apartments, with the proximity of Oxford Road station making the area attractive to many commuters, as well as those working in the city centre.
Great Jackson Street is an eight hectare site that currently accommodates a range of surface level car parks and some commercial and light industrial units. The area has the potential to be transformed into an exciting new neighbourhood serviced by both rail and Metrolink. Capacity exists for the development of up to 3,600 residential units (depending on agreed densities) as part of a mixed use neighbourhood that will also deliver commercial and community space, new public squares with good internal connectivity and linkage back to the City Centre.
Both the First Street and Great Jackson Street areas have Strategic Regeneration Frameworks in place.
Eastern Gateway / Piccadilly
Currently a mixed use location focused around Piccadilly Station close to the city’s retail, business and leisure core and the revitalised neighbourhoods of Ancoats and New Islington where significant residential development is being taken forward by the Manchester Life Development Company.
The UK Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse is reflected in its commitment to HS2, a £50bn investment, with Manchester the only city with two HS2 stations (Piccadilly and Manchester Airport), and HS3, a new multibillion pound investment to strengthen east-west links from Liverpool through Manchester and on to Leeds, York and then Hull.
The delivery of HS2 and its associated infrastructure will radically reconfigure the whole area creating significant new development opportunities. New residential development will play a major role in the area’s growth. The area contains the Piccadilly Basin area, where initial phases of residential redevelopment have already been delivered. A refreshed masterplan for the basin has recently been prepared by Town Centre Securities. It is anticipated that this masterplan will include provision for more than 500 new apartments in the Piccadilly Basin area.
A Neighbourhood Development Framework is in place for Ancoats & New Islington and Strategic Regeneration Frameworks have been published for Piccadilly Basin; Mayfield; and the HS2/Piccadilly areas.