Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Homes Plan Will 'Threaten an Erosion' of City Gay Scene

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Homes Plan Will 'Threaten an Erosion' of City Gay Scene

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PLANS for new family homes in the middle of Manchester's Village have sparked fears the area's historic gay scene is being 'crushed' and 'sanitised.' .

Seven three-bed homes with garages and gardens, plus a two-bedroom maisonette, would be built on Richmond Street under proposals aimed at bringing more families and couples into the city centre.

Developers Watch This Space say the plans would provide a 'quirky residence' for people who would have otherwise not been able to live in the city centre.

However, dozens of complaints have been received by the town hall's planning department warning the homes will not fit with the area's historic and existing LGBT culture - which some warn is being eroded. The plans, which will go before councillors next week, would see a row of fourstorey homes built on a derelict site facing the Vanilla Ink nightclub, their backs separated from the rear of Bloom Street by a narrow ginnel.

Objectors - including the area's business association - believe the move will 'clash' with a thriving nightlife that sees some bars and clubs open as late as 5am.

Nearby takeaways are open even later, they point out, while taxi queues regularly snake down Bloom Street into the early hours. …

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