Manchester City Council is due to sign off on a large regeneration project in a deprived area of the city, with significant amounts of retrofit as part of the package. At its Executive meeting on Wednesday 15th February, item 15 on a packed agenda is: “The Regeneration of West Gorton – Summary of Progress to Date and Proposals for the Delivery of Future Phases of Activity.”
This follows an agreement at a December 2009 meeting to launch a three phase project aimed at the “delivery of a high quality scheme” that would “encourage local people to stay in the area and attract people and local businesses from outside the West Gorton boundary.”
In practical terms, this included plans for “the demolition of around 400 existing obsolescent homes (including the two tower blocks), the development of up to 1,000 new homes including the re-provision of social rented properties and new homes for sale” and – among other things – “the development of a new Community Park and the delivery of a programme of environmental and public realm improvements.”
In April 2011 the City Council commissioned planning consultants Aecom / Taylor Young to develop an Outline Planning Application.” The document set out to do a number of Good Things, such as
* “define the layout of new housing, community facilities, roads and open spaces and how these new uses will fit with existing properties”
* “indicate how access will be provided into and out of the area for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists”
* And “set out any requirements needed to safeguard existing flora and fauna”
Phase One of the three phase project is due for completion by May 2012. On Wednesday the Executive is being asked, among other things, to give Council officers permission to buy land. If the owners won’t sell, the Exec will be asked to agree to some Compulsory Purchase Orders. Doubtless the words “Fire Station” will not be mentioned.
Watch this space. This is a story MCFly really intends to keep tabs on…
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