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Further plans unveiled for Manchester’s ‘Northern Gateway’ regeneration project

More details have been unveiled for the ‘Northern Gateway’ regeneration project, which is a joint venture between Manchester City Council and developer Far East Consortium (FEC).

Around 330 new homes are proposed for the area, which will include 130 Council homes for social rent and the remainder will be family homes for sale, along with a small amount of commercial and community space.

The wider Northern Gateway project is a large-scale investment programme with FEC. Its ‘key concept’ is seven new and emerging neighbourhoods connected by high-quality and extensive green space.

At 155 hectares, the Gateway has the potential to deliver 15,000 new homes in the next 15 to 20 years and will potentially include at least 3,000 affordable homes.

Over the next six months there will be a number of events to get input from local people about the emerging plans. The intention will be to complete the design and planning process this year and start construction early in 2021.

Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: ‘From the very beginning we have been clear that residents should be at the heart of these plans. It is their knowledge and understanding of their community that we need if we’re going to deliver real improvements to Collyhurst. .

‘Collyhurst is already a great place to live and with the help of local residents these plans will make it even better. We want the people of Collyhurst to ask questions and help shape the vision for their area. ‘

In October, a report said that house prices in Manchester have quadrupled in recent years, making the city increasingly unaffordable for young people.

The report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and housing provider, One Manchester, warned that 13,000 people are currently on a waiting list for social housing in the city.

A survey carried out for the report also found that almost half (48%) of young renters across Greater Manchester as a whole had to cut back on essentials to cover their housing costs, compared to 33% across England.

Meanwhile a quarter of young people in Greater Manchester live with parents for longer than they would like, compared to 20% in the rest of England.

Photo Credit – Manchester City Council

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