Developer moves ahead with plans for new community housing

Plans for the new development

Following an architectural design competition, Far East Consortium (FEC) selected Manchester-based architects Buttress to design the first homes to be delivered in Collyhurst Village and Collyhurst South.

In addition to the Buttress appointment, other members of the design team appointed by FEC are civic engineers, Simon Fenton Partnership, Watt Energy and consulting engineers, Avison Young, Sandy Brown Associates, Hoare Lea and Exterior Architecture.

Around 330 new homes are proposed for the area, including 130 council homes for social rent, a key commitment of the project, with the remainder being family homes for sale, along with a small amount of commercial and community space.

Local people are being urged to be part of the conversation to develop new homes as part of the transformational development of Collyhurst.

A proportion of the new council homes may be used to help with further remodelling of Collyhurst Village and the residents in Collyhurst that are affected will have the option to move from their current home directly into one of the new properties.

There will be no need for local people to move out of the area while the development is completed.

Over the next six months there will be a number of events to get input from local people about the emerging plans. The intention will be to complete the design and planning process this year and start construction early in 2021.

Conversations with local residents have already begun, but initially, there will be three drop-in events this month that will give local people the chance to chat about the future development of Collyhurst.

The events are: Tues 11 Feb (2.30pm until 7pm) – Church of the Saviour, Eggington Street; Thurs 13 Feb (2pm until 5.30pm) – Aldbourne Close Retirement scheme, Aldbourne Close; or Mon 17th Feb Feb (2pm until 5.30pm) – Abbott Community Primary School, Livesey Street.

The wider Northern Gateway project is a large-scale investment programme in partnership with FEC. Its key concept is seven new and emerging neighbourhoods connected by high-quality and extensive green space.

Collyhurst Park

At 155 hectares, the Gateway has the potential to deliver 15,000 new homes in the next 15 to 20 years and will include at least 3,000 affordable homes, helping Manchester people meet their housing aspirations through high-quality homes that residents can afford, in attractive neighbourhoods they want to live in.

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “From the very beginning we have been clear that residents should be at the heart of these plans. It is their knowledge and understanding of their community that we need if we’re going to deliver real improvements to Collyhurst.

“Collyhurst is already a great place to live and with the help of local residents these plans will make it even better. We want the people of Collyhurst to ask questions and help shape the vision for their area.

“I’d urge as many people as possible to go along to one of the events. But there are other ways of being part of the conversation, so please get in touch if you need more information.”