Planning approved for 128 new, eco-friendly homes in Manchester

Manchester’s planning committee has approved an application from the council’s This City housing company for 128 new homes in Ancoats.  

This will be the first development from the new company and will consist of 118 apartments spread across two buildings and 10 ten houses built on a brownfield site on the border of Ancoats and Miles Platting.   

The town houses will each include a parking space with electric vehicle charging points, and private gardens to the rear. Seven disabled parking spaces will also be provided on site.  

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Spaces for bicycle parking as well as cars will also be made available at the nearby Ancoats Mobility Hub for people living in the flats.    

The mobility hub is a new concept that reduces the need for onsite care parking and limits car traffic in the wider neighbourhood.   

A greening scheme, which aims to plant a significant number of trees, will complement a wider public realm strategy that looks to make Ancoats a low-carbon, sustainable neighbourhood with a focus on active travel, walking and cycling routes.    

Investment worth £32m will help to achieve this and will allow Ancoats Green to become the centre of the community. 

Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of the Manchester City Council, has said: ‘It’s great to see the first This City site out of the blocks and delivering the homes that we know Manchester people need. 

‘This is a really exciting time for Ancoats and the beginning of the completion of a regeneration journey spanning two decades.’ 

Manchester Living Rent has made 30% of these homes available, which is capped at the Government’s Local Housing Allowance rate. 

The remainder of the homes will be available at Market Rent.  

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s Executive member for housing and development has said: ‘Crucially many of these homes will be capped at the Manchester Living Rent, which means they will be affordable to residents on housing benefit and thereby increasing the number of homes available to families on lower incomes.’   

It’s thought the development will create 548 construction jobs over it’s 24-month build period and 1,500 further homes are expected to be constructed within the area in the next few years.   

Photo by Mark Potterton


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