Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Community Fears over Masterplan for Basin Development

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Community Fears over Masterplan for Basin Development

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A MASTERPLAN to create a new "high quality city centre neighbourhood" in Piccadilly Basin has been unveiled.

The plans for the site, much of which is currently used for car parking, involve the building of 1,083 homes, as well as nearly 25,000 square metres of commercial, retail and leisure space.

Feedback from a public consultation held last month will be taken on board before a planning application is submitted and a final decision is made.

But in the consultation, fears have been raised for the long-term future of a community growing scheme and a family-run cafe based on the site.

The developer behind the scheme is Belgravia Living Group, a joint venture between land owners Town Centre Securities and the Highgrove Investment Group.

The first phase of the plan will feature the building of 91 apartments in Tariff Street, known as Burlington House, which is due to be completed next year.

The second stage will feature Urban Splash redeveloping 45,000 square foot Brownsfield Mill, also owned by Town Centre Securities, formerly the home of aviation company Avro, the maker of the Lancaster bomber.

Work could start next year subject to planning permission, with a 500-space multistorey car park also set to be built.

We know to be a the land, them to The developers then plan to build a 'quality' four or five-star hotel, subject to agreement with a tenant. This stage could be completed by 2023, depending on the progress at Brownsfield Mill. The next stage would involve the building of shops and retail outlets.

Mel Developers say the plans will create jobs and attract businesses to the city, as well as supporting HS2, which could arrive in Manchester in 2033.

A council report said: "Redevelopment of Piccadilly Basin will bring back into life a strategically important gateway site that connects the core of the city centre with, in particular, the neighbourhoods to the north east of the city centre.

"The framework will further enhance the offer in Piccadilly through the creation of a high-quality city centre neighbourhood, that will transform the image of this area, creating a vibrant residential, office, retail and leisure accommodation that is distinctive, well connected and offers life and vitality at all times throughout the year. …

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