Planning and regeneration Great Ducie Street SRF Consultation August 2018

What its about:

In February 2018, Manchester City Council’s Executive endorsed in principle a Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) to help guide the regeneration of Great Ducie Street area of the City Centre. The Executive requested that the Chief Executive undertake a public consultation with local stakeholders and report the outcome to the Executive Committee in due course.

How it will be achieved:

Comments from the public will be included in a report to the Executive Committee on the outcome of the Public Consultation. 

Summary:  

The area is a commercially led district, and has traditionally been a focal point for textiles businesses, wholesalers and distributors. The legitimate textile and wholesale businesses are concentrated within the Warehousing District to the north. Currently some of the properties are in decline and some of the activities not conducive to a modern, thriving major European city.

A significant proportion of the SRF area is dominated by low quality buildings, vacant plots, and dereliction. The framework sets out an approach to transform the quality of the built environment into a high quality sustainable community for all.

The SRF area contains a number of larger land holdings which are within single ownership. Following discussions with landowners there is the potential to form a meaningful first phase of development which extends from the Inner Ring Road, compliments investment coming forward within the former Boddingtons SRF area, and delivers new green space adjacent to the River Irwell. An appropriate balance between commercial and residential opportunities is a fundamental priority of the SRF. This is in recognition of the area’s existing use characteristics, the business base of the SRF and wider Strangeways area, and the focus of previous Development Plan policies and frameworks.

The SRF envisages the creation of a mixed use neighbourhood with a strong sense of place and community. Consistent with the principle set by the former Boddingtons SRF, the aim is to deliver a maximum of 50% residential accommodation within the SRF area.

Results:

This consultation ended on Monday 17 September 2018 with a total 12 responses received which were broadly supportive of the SRF.

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