Updated Northern Gateway plans for Collyhurst taken out for consultation

Proposals for Collyhurst development

A further round of consultation has begun with local people, businesses and groups on the Northern Gateway proposals for Collyhurst before final plans for the first phase of new housing development in the neighbourhood are drawn up.

Residents are invited to give their feedback on updated and more developed proposals following an earlier round of consultation in February this year.

The ambition will be to provide around 270 new homes split across two neighbourhoods – Collyhurst Village and South Collyhurst.

This phase of development will also include 130 council homes for social rent.

Through previous consultation on the plans, local people have expressed a preference for a mix of new homes, including accessible housing, family-friendly and age-friendly designs, alongside attractive residential streets, with a focus on safety and security.

And this phase of engagement will provide more detailed information about the different types of homes that will be available – from apartments to houses.

Proposals for Collyhurst Village also include a new park and, as part of the consultation, local people are asked to consider what should be included within this space.

The majority of the land required for the first phase of development is ready to build new homes on.

The wider proposals for the area – including the new park – could require the demolition of up to 28 existing homes.

Residents who are affected by the plans have already been contacted and they will be supported to move into the new homes.

However, no existing homes will be demolished in Collyhurst until the new replacement homes have been built, which will ensure existing residents can move seamlessly into the new properties without moving out of the area.

In line with COVID-19 public health regulations, this phase of consultation will take an innovative approach to ensure Collyhurst residents can safely view the proposals and participate in the consultation process in a number of ways – including a virtual exhibition.

Final proposals that will form the planning application for the first phase of development within Collyhurst will be presented to the local community later this year ahead of planning submission.

The Northern Gateway is a joint venture partnership between Manchester City Council and FEC (Far East Consortium), which will deliver a transformational programme of regeneration with the potential for 15,000 new homes over the next 15 to 20 years – and will include at least 3,000 affordable homes across seven new and emerging neighbourhoods.

Victoria Hunter, of Far East Consortium, said: “We’re excited to share with the local community our proposals for the new homes in Collyhurst.

“The design of the homes has been developed in consultation with residents through listening to what’s important to local people.

“Wellbeing of the community is at the heart of the proposals, through the creation of New Collyhurst Park and energy-efficient homes suitable for people at all stages of life.

“The homes have been designed with first time buyers and families in mind and with 100 of the new homes being specifically for existing council tenants, the proposals provide a mix of homes for an inclusive community.

“Good placemaking is about collaboration and we want the local community to let us know their views on proposals.”

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Throughout the early stages of the Northern Gateway project, input from local people has been invaluable and the views of Collyhurst residents have been taken forward and are now part of the proposals that we’re consulting on now.

“Following this phase of the consultation we will bring back final proposals to the community one last time before planning applications are submitted for Collyhurst. So please take some time to look at the proposals now and give us your thoughts.”

She added: “COVID has meant we need to think differently about how we engage people and the online exhibition is a great way to get a feel for the plan and give feedback – but there is also the opportunity to give your thoughts offline or over the phone. Just let us know what works for you.”

The consultation will close on Friday, October 16. The virtual exhibition and feedback form is available at: www.collyhurst-regeneration.co.uk