Plans for 224 homes passed by planning authority as part of £23m development

An artist's impression of the new homes

Proposals from Miller Homes for 224 new homes on the site of The Manchester College’s Northenden Campus have been approved by Manchester City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee.

The 18-acre site is currently still occupied by The Manchester College, but staff and students are set to move out to a new, £93m, purpose-built city centre facility at the former Boddington’s Brewery site, in 2022.

The sale of the land at Northenden for housing has helped fund the new campus.

Miller Homes will now start work on construction, which include two-bed, three-bed and four-bed homes. Of the 224 homes, 45 will be designated affordable and will be managed by a local affordable housing provider. At 20%, this number of affordable homes is in line with that required by local and national policy.

It is estimated that the construction phase of the development will create 90 local jobs and that the development itself represents an investment of around £23m in the area. In addition to this investment, the scheme will net Manchester City Council up to £1.7m to spend on local public services.

David Brackley, technical director for Miller Homes in the North West, said: “I am delighted that Manchester City Council’s planning committee has approved this scheme, subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement. It will bring high quality homes, including affordable homes, to a previously developed site in the popular area of Northenden.

“Our plans include a range of home sizes and types and so will cater for those wishing to move up the property ladder, as well as those who may wish to downsize whilst staying in the area.

“Having engaged with the local community we made changes to our initial proposals in response to the comments we received. I am particularly pleased that we have used a bespoke contemporary design for this site and that we will be supporting sports facilities nearby which will lead to arguably better sports pitch provision in Wythenshawe than exists at the college site now.

“The development is better for having heard, and acted upon, the feedback of local people.”

The homebuilder will be working with the community under a section 106 agreement to improve sports facilities in the area and contribute towards regenerating Wythenshawe Park for use by the whole community. It will also provide funding for improved sustainable transport links and a new bus shelter.

Miller hopes to start on site in early 2022 with development planned for completion by 2026.