New housing investment in Chorlton – including new social housing – will be considered at a meeting of the Council next week (Weds, 25 July).
A full consultation with local people and stakeholders in October 2017 highlighted the need for new housing in the Chorlton area, including affordable homes, to meet demand in the area, while having consideration of the impact of increased population on local services, including schools and GP access.
The consultation also highlighted support for the shopping precinct to be improved through a mixed used, residential and retail development with the ambition to retain the district centre’s character with a mix of independent and larger retailers.
The executive report available on the city council’s website (see link below) responding to key issues raised through the consultation, including school places, access to health services and highways.
The City Council-owned Chorlton Leisure Centre site could present a significant opportunity to deliver affordable homes – with a majority earmarked for available as social housing. The site could also include primary care services, including a GP to meet growing demand in the area.
To ensure a mixed housing offer, the precinct site will provide an opportunity to provide mid-level homes in the heart of the community, while the Manchester Metropolitan-owned Rye Bank Road site proposes the option for a low density residential scheme of around 70 homes – both subject to planning permission. The Rye Bank Road site would seek to protect, enhance and create a parkland setting for the new homes.
A new school could also form part of the development plans for the wider Chorlton/Whalley Range area with a site identified on Withington Road should demand require increased primary school provision.
Any development in the Chorlton area will need to be developed with consideration to improving car parking in the area, while balancing new home building with an expected increase in car users.
Improved provision for cycling – as well as public transport - should also be a material consideration for future investment in the Chorlton area.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Chorlton is a popular neighbourhood that has a huge amount of potential to support the city’s residential growth demands. We know new housing is wanted and the area can support a range of different housing types and tenures to provide a real housing choice – including social housing.
“We will need to balance any development carefully to ensure local services – including school provision and health care – are increased to meet demand. And ensuring a good mix of independent and larger retailers will be vital to retain the character of the popular neighbourhood.”