A consultation opens today for the public to have their say on the draft framework that will inform development of the Northern Gateway regeneration project.
As one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK, Manchester City Council and development partners Far East Consortium (FEC) want to encourage as many local people as possible to attend one or more of the consultation drop-in events and complete a questionnaire.
The project will transform north Manchester from Angel Meadows to Queens Park - including Collyhurst, New Cross and the Lower Irk Valley – and the aim of the consultation is to ensure local people have an opportunity to ask questions about the framework and to input ideas.
The proposals will create seven new and emerging neighbourhoods each connected through high quality green spaces and public squares that will celebrate the existing heritage architecture. Three thousand of the 15,000 new homes will be affordable and well connected with improved transport infrastructure, and enhanced walking cycling routes will be central to the ethos of the scheme.
Six drop-in events are planned across the Northern Gateway area through August and September:
● Wednesday 15 August from 11am to 3:30pm at Yes Community Centre, 35-39 Southchurch Parade, Collyhurst, M40 7GE
● Thursday 16 August from 2:30pm to 7pm at PLANT @ NOMA, Redfern Building, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 4AH
● Wednesday 22 August from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at Church of the Saviour, Eggington Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, M40 7RN
● Tuesday 4 September from 2:30pm to 7pm at Abbott Community Primary School, Livesey Street, Manchester, M40 7PR
● Wednesday 5 September from 11am to 4pm at The Federation, Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF
● Thursday 6 September from 11am to 4pm at Aldbourne Close Retirement Scheme, 20 Aldbourne Close, Collyhurst, M40 8NE
Paper copies of the consultation questionnaire will be made available at the drop-in sessions and an online version is available here: www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations
You can read the draft Northern Gateway regeneration document and find out more about the project here: www.northerngatewaymanchester.co.uk
The deadline for submitting your comments is Monday 1 October 2018.
All feedback received will be used to help shape the final Strategic Regeneration Framework which will be completed later in the year.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “We want to be incredibly ambitious with the Northern Gateway project. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring a transformational regeneration programme to north Manchester. It is vital that local residents are central to shaping the vision for the area. That is why we want to ensure Manchester people are brought into the conversation at this early stage, to get feedback from the people who live in the area and the city."
“I would encourage as many people as possible to attend a drop-in session and fill in the consultation questionnaire. We want to get this right, and to do this we need your opinions, your hopes for the area, and your concerns. They will be used to shape the plans for the Northern Gateway over the next two decades.”
Tom Fenton, project director at FEC, said: “FEC is genuinely proud of its proposals and its shared vision with the city council to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of north Manchester for current and future generations. We share the council’s desire to inform and involve as many people as possible and would encourage those who live and work in the areas involved to make their views known by joining us at the public consultation events.”